Establishing Boundaries With Nosy People

in , , , by Linda B Hurd, October 09, 2021
When the phone rings or when a text message comes across your phone displaying a particular number or phone contact, be at peace within your heart with the decision not to answer. I have had people come into my life that only want to talk to me about what's going on with my personal business. I am sure you can relate too. 

 “Go in the house and wash yo’ ass, chile.” 

That’s what some of the black parents and grandparents used to yell at me and the other children that were still outside running around in our yards during the heart of the summer in southeast Louisiana. 

I thugged out exclusively breastfeeding my now three-and-a-half-year-old son for two years. Eli did not take to a bottle nor pacifier the way he did my breasts. I mentioned and referred to thugging out my exclusive breastfeeding journey because I endured the backlash from others for how I fed my baby. 

In my prayers for a healthy pregnancy and delivery for my baby girl, I guess I foolishly forgot to pray for a healthy recovery for myself. Studies over the years have found that African American women are three times more likely to die from preeclampsia, and I didn't think it would affect me.