Feet

My feet are big and wide. They carry a load that's unimaginable at times. A load that's often minimized by others and praised by most. My feet have callous on the heels and ball. An obvious sign of the walk-in life that's taken daily unassisted at times. These feet help me carry 2 additional humans who are smaller than me and fully need me.

These feet have been forced to travel some paths just to make ends meet, just to eat. These feet though pretty when done, have lots of wise tales to share with those who are in the trenches.

These feet have stood alone, alone during times when I should've been held close by family, however, those that I needed couldn't stand like my feet, they weren't built for this road. A road of fighting for the life of a child that didn't ask for these complications yet received them. Their feet can't carry what the universe didn't assign them too. So I had to forgive so my feet could keep walking towards peace.

These big ole feet have stood in heels, flats, sneakers, and sandals with straps. These feet have carried trauma, denial, stress, anxiety, depression, and hesitation. Loneliness, inadequacy, hurt, suffering, pain (shit I could go on and on lmao).

Now my feet carry, love, wisdom, experience, stability, and motivation. Adequacy, confidence, fearless, honesty (need I say more). These feet have led me to other's who share the same path or looking for clarity on their path.

These feet have walked away from those who mean no good whether unintentional or intentional. These feet have walked in some alleys and along beaches and have faced both life and death (literal and Figuratively). Though heavy more often not, I wouldn't change the path these feet walk!

 

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Author: Libra Hicks

Libra J. Hicks was born to Jane and Rodney Smith in February of 1981. Born in College Park and raised in Decatur, Like her father, Libra started to pursue a career in music. At the age of 24 years old, Libra got pregnant and gave birth to Anthony Jr. aka Moo. Libra’s pregnancy was great, no complications to slow her down. On December 15th, 2005, Anthony Jr. was born. He stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks due to having lack of oxygen to the brain. Because both mother and son experienced a very traumatic birthing experience, Anthony was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a host of other health challenges. In 2010, Libra founded “Our Children’s Story” in honor of her son Anthony Jr. Her organization assists families who care for love ones with (dis)Abilities. Libra can relate to all mothers’ who are raising children or caring for an adult with (dis)Abilities. No matter the diagnosis, the feelings are the same across the board. Libra is very dedicated to everything that she becomes a part of. Her love and passion for the special needs community is indescribable. She works very hard for not only her sons but, the entire special needs community. Libra tries her absolute best to encourage, empower, uplift and inspire other families that are just like her’s. Mrs. Hicks has had the pleasure of appearing in SwagHer Magazine as well as being granted interviews with Maria Boynton with V103 and Michael and Joi in the morning. Her writings can be found on Black Mom’s Blog where she talks about her lifestyle. Libra is a wife, mother, philanthropist, and advocate. She is the voice of the special needs community.

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