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In Honor of Mother’s Day: Ode to the Memory of my mother, Artie Mae Vann

(I wrote this Tribute Last Mother’s Day. I’d like to revisit it again. This year is the 20th Anniversary of my novel, The Ebony Tree, that I wrote loosely based on my mother’s life.)

I think of my mother, Artie Mae Vann, every day, although she’s been deceased for 20 years now. I think many people who have lost their mothers can attest to this fact—our mothers never leave us. Little quotes they told you, the way they held their heads, the priceless memories you have of them—all of them much kinder than when they were alive and you were under the illusion you would have them forever.

As a measure of good fortune, I keep my mother’s picture in my home office. I recently pulled out my first novel, The Ebony Tree, (1995) which was loosely based on my mother’s life. I wrote my first novel a year after she died, December 1, 1993. However, a lot of the storyline was fiction because my mother was so private.

The following passage is taken from the second to the last page of my novel. “For sphinx-like, her mother’s life would always remain a riddle to her children. Particularly to her daughters. Probably most of her secrets, Jewel would just take to the grave with her. Like the mother lode in a mine, good information would die untapped with her.

“’We don’t need to talk about it. It’s too painful to talk about,” would always be her unspoken motto.
“Nevertheless, Jewel’s life, like an underground cavern, would always run in the hidden recesses of their blood. And on a windblown night, unrecounted memories of Oriole, Mama Lovey, and all the others would haunt a sleepless dream.

“No words….No outcry….No shame….”

As I strung together my mother’s few disclosures about her life, and the things she told me of her grandmother, who raised her, and her mother, I saw a pattern. Black women who were enslaved had a hard time connecting to their daughters. How can you tell your daughters to stand up to life when they could be sold away from you? After slavery, when you worked long hours doing “day work”, which was cleaning houses for white women, (as my mother did, or were gone for months at a time, as my maternal grandmother did as a live-in maid), how could you tell your daughters to look forward to a better life?

One of my mother’s saying, which was most recently unearthed in my memory archives was this, “Don’t you know I would have been beaten down in a corner if I had allowed it?” She was referring to the fact that, to the degree possible, she was not a victim of any sort. I grew up on a street where women were often the victims of domestic violence. Not my mother though. True, my father, was easy going with my mother, but my mother was a fiery tigress, even when it came to defending her children against the neighborhood bully grandmother.

Looking back, I thought of how many times I saw my mother rise up against the odds and beat them. Out of seven children raised in financial poverty, but emotional and creative richness, three finished college, three became entrepreneurs, one won a Purple Heart in Vietnam and saved his entire unit, some became world travelers, one became a journalist, I became a writer, and everyone ended up with some type of retirement check.

So that was just one of the many lessons my mother taught me.

“Don’t let life beat you down.”




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