Updated: Jan 18
When I decided to tell my story publicly, I asked for my mama's stamp of approval. At the time, I didn't know that's what I was doing when I asked her to write the forward of my book, Woman of Royalty: Rule From a Place of Authority, but it was. I was 28 when I published my first book, and at that grown age, I subconsciously sought the approval of my parent.
I knew asking my mother to write the forward would mean that outside of the editor, she would be my first reader. However, her reading would be different. She knew me better than anyone and was about to read things I had never told her.
I needed my mother to write the forward because in telling my story, I was telling part of hers. Since we can never tell our story without telling on someone else, I needed to know that she was okay with what I was sharing. Looking back, I also wanted her to know me.
I still remember the day she called me with tears in her eyes and her voice shaking to tell me, "this is hard." I was shocked. Hard? She told me that she wasn't sure how to word her thoughts. She wasn't sure what to say or if she would say it correctly.
To ease her, I told her to think of it as writing a letter to her child. What do you want me to know?
My mother wrote the forward to my first book, and I look forward to writing the forward of hers one day.
Join my mama and I this Saturday on Youtube for an honest discussion.