I had already checked out at Walmart when I remembered that I had forgotten something. So I rushed towards the health and beauty aisle. As I headed to the far end of the store (which looked like a mile away), I turned my head to the left, looked down and my eyes met her. This beautiful Barbie was tucked away on an end-cap. I stopped in my tracks, picked her up and immediately noticed her dark skin–she looked like me… Well not really but her skin sure did!

She was exactly what I wanted growing up. However, my mom only bought what she could afford and what was available at Pic’N Save–white Barbie dolls every Christmas. They were OK but I didn’t complain. The white Barbie looked nothing like me. She had long blonde hair, blue eyes and pink lips, which couldn’t compare to my short, kinky hair, popped eyes and deep dark skin. So you may wonder why at 43, I would be so excited about this doll?

I had been running errands all morning. One of my stops was at a Ward’s Supermarket. They have the best selection of locally grown produce. They also have beautiful fresh flowers.   As I was headed out of the store, I browsed the fresh bouquets. Roses were two for $1.

So I bought three pretty pink ones. Before I knew it, it was time for me to pick up my son from school. After picking him up, he asked if he could have French fries. I had to potty and I was hungry so off to McDonald’s we went. After placing our order, we headed straight to the bathroom. As we waited our turn at the sink, a woman dropped a quarter. So Bryce picked it up–it was an eagle quarter, which he collects. She told him thank you and to keep it. Bryce thanked her and exchanged introductions. She introduced herself as Norma Cromwell, wife of the late, Rev. Cromwell.