The Inheritance of Dreams

  • Drucilla Cornell


When I was a little girl, I spent part of every summer with my grandmother. She often took me with her to work and I remember loving our bus rides together. My grandmother was not much of a talker, or much of a moralist, but she constantly repeated one lesson to me on our way home: “Every woman has dignity, no matter what her station in life. Just because she has fallen on hard times does not mean she has lost her dignity. Women want their dignity recognized; they do not want pity.”


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