Today is Toni Morrison’s birthday. In presenting her the Medal of Freedom in May of 2012, President Obama remarked that as a single mother she
would carve out a little time in the evening to write, often with her two sons pulling on her hair and tugging at her earrings. Once, a baby spit up on her tablet so she wrote around it.
I loved that image of a child’s spit up on the tablet – and remember it myself. No doubt I love it because it is so personally familiar.
So today’s quote in my little 365 quotes by women effort comes from her:
Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” – Toni Morrison, from Song of Solomon
She’s won the Nobel. She’s won the Pulitzer. You better listen to her.
Happy 86th birthday, Toni Morrison!