Friday, September 25, 2009


Hattie has the kind of smile that makes you feel like everything's gonna be alright. Her shade of lipstick yesterday was perfect. A golden bronze with the subtlest sheen. Just right for the end of summer, the beginning of fall. Her haircut too. Perfect. Short, easy curls frame her face. It's that beautiful-from-the-inside-out kind of thing. She has that thing. She said she loves writing and published some stories many, many years ago. But now she finds herself thinking more than she writes. Yesterday she sat down and wrote this. When she read out loud, her voice was steady.

Hattie Lee Ellerbe 9/24/09
The Best Day of My Life So Far - Today!!
I turned 76 years of age on May 10, 2009. The way my gramdmother used to whip me, I didn't think I would see 16. (She promised to "beat" some sense into me.) Now that I am 76 and look back over my life I thank God for my "sainted" grandmother. It was because of her that I am who I am today. She was determined that I would grow up to be a God-fearing, God-loving person and be educated from first to twelfth grades at least.