The "Sisters of the Cloth" Project
Althoug some may not think that this belongs here, that it's too much, or a little over the top, my daughter, thru Mother's Day, has written what she thinks about me, and that my persistence may motivate you to be persistent in motivating others to give. It's a little embarrassing, but here goes:
Olivia wrote: "Happy Mother's Day to one of the most frustrating woman in the world!!! Ruby Olivia Johnson Gray. Frustrating? Why yes of course. How can one have 6 children before she's 25...mind you a set of triplets all with mental issues. Make a home that has housed at any given time up to 10 people. Made sure her children knew about culture, the classics and CHRIST. Opened her doors to the "hood" for parties to make sure that HER children were in a safe place. Made her children think they were MIDDLE CLASS by making nothing stretch to a whole lot of something. Washing and pressing 3 girl's hair on Sat/Sun mornings. Going back to school and getting a degree. Acting and selling Cotto Salami "sammiches" to her fellow actors, buy the hundreds of gifts we got from July to Sept and Dec. (birthdays and Christmas.) Running not one but several production companies to produce her 63 plays when no one would give her a stage. Dreaming big and not always reaching that star, but never giving up. Nurturing actors of various ages, color and talent levels. Even with major health issues she continues to support other artists. But I don't always see the reciprocity. And she still helps. I could go on and on...but I think you get my drift. Frustrating....'cause how the H E double hocky sticks do I follow that? I got one child with one head of hair..mind you it's a lot of it,and I can barely do half of what she did. I will never be able to do all she did. But what a map she laid down to follow. And although it frustrates me that she doesn't recall that hoe incident (roflmbo) I can truly say I don't remember many bad days growing up. I am blessed that Amaia has her for the stuff I fall short on. Like watching Anime on Sat. morning. I love you mom!!!"
If she still believes after all of this, I will believe that this goal can be reached.