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Monday’s Random Thought: You is. July 2, 2012

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 10:13 pm
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You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

There are times we all need to be reminded of similar words as these, spoken by the character Aibileen Clark in The Help, when we are lacking courage, needing a bit of strength. Aibileen is Mae Mobley’s only nurturing support as a young girl.

In the first and again in the last scene we hear these three sentences that melt my heart. Try saying them out loud and I dare you to get the last words out before your eyes are filled with tears and the words get all caught up in your throat.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

I read the book a few years ago and had already seen the movie in the theatre but yesterday it was time for my daughter to see the film. A look at life in the south in the 1960’s during the civil rights movement and the ugliness of racism. A lesson in courage.

The film goes on to display acts of courage as portrayed by three of the main characters. Aibileen by telling her story, Minny by leaving an abusive husband, and Skeeter by going against other’s expectations and writing the stories of African-American maids.

We may not have an abusive relationship in our lives that we need to leave, but we all have our stories to tell and times when we need to go against what others expect of us and act on the whispers of our heart. Courage, as Preacher Green says in the movie, is not about being brave. Courage is about living your truth when the world seems to be pushing you in the opposite direction.

by J.G. McGlothern

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One Response to “Monday’s Random Thought: You is.”

  1. I get teary just reading your post. Such a beautiful movie, and you are a beautiful mom.


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