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Women make more than 80% of all purchasing decisions.
In Every Issue
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Women spend almost 2 of every 3 healthcare dollars.
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Women control 2/3 of the nation’s disposable income.
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K. Mohanan of Kalakshetra, Chennai, India
Sunday • April 28, 2013 • 4-6pm Sottile Theater ~ 44 George Street Charleston, SC 29401 “Darshanam” means a vision or insight into something that is profound or obscure. The title of our event is “Darshanam” to provide insight into the formal Bharathanatyam repertoire emphasizing the mythological stories of India. “Darshanam’s” is directed by, K. Mohanan of Kalakshetra (Chennai, India) in collaboration with Dr. Anuradha Murali, Artistic Director of Mrudani School of Performing Arts. The artist ensemble include: K. Mohanan (Chennai, India), Anuradha Murali (SC), Mallika Murali (SC), Aparna Seetharaman (CA), Gayatri Seshadri (TN), Sivakami Bhavanandan (SC).
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The United Skirts of America
The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat and estrogen of our
The BFF Issue
Although I have some completely normal friendships, I also have a tendency to form
won us the freedom to
Lucy and Ethel friendships in which I always play Ethel. In other words, I seem to get
choose...to break The
pulled into my friends’ crazy schemes that aren’t that far from the chocolate factory
Rules, to wear combat boots or high heels, to
Ali Douglass was born in Muncie, Indiana, and after enjoying life in Boston, Kansas City, New York City, and San Francisco, she is happy to be living in Asheville, NC. She has been working
pickled okra. The snag was that she required a certificate from what we called Vinegar
own rock groups instead
School. Held in upstate New York, it required three days of nonstop lectures each
of being groupies, to shatter Glass Ceilings
at getting women elected to office in South Carolina. Pushover that I am, I agreed to
of settling for hoop
work in the chocolate factory again. After all, how hard could it be? Make a website,
greeting cards, advertising,
daughters to dream
and more than 25 books.
bigger, to have the
Her work has been recog-
chance to grow up to
ed for American Girl have
have to work in a kitchen, a room I try to avoid whenever I can. I vowed to play it
shoot hoops instead
it possible for our
com. Books she has illustrat-
company and aced the tests, but I bailed on the cannery when I realized I’d actually safe in the future, but recently a new Lucy corralled me into starting a project aimed
com, and apartmenttherapy.
of which was followed by a written exam. Somehow I was elected to represent the
and Glass Slippers, to
than 13 years, illustrating
me into her crackbrained plot. Her mantra was, “How hard can it be?”, and her
marathon, to form our
came before us made
L.A. Society of Illustrators,
friends decided she’d open a cannery despite having zero experience, and then sucked business plan revolved around our wearing matching overalls and hairnets as we
as an illustrator for more
tion, Step Inside Design,
episode on I Love Lucy. Take, for instance, the time years ago when one of my Lucy
run for office or run a
skirts. The ones who
nized by American Illustra-
From the Publisher
be President and turn
get a logo, lobby legislators, form a Super(woman) Pac. Before I knew it, the conveyor belt was picking up speed and it was too late to jump off. And after all, the Lucys in my life in my life dare me to fly without a safety net, and that’s priceless.
From the Editor
I met my first best friend when she caught a butterfly in her hand and crossed her yard to
the Oval Office into
show it to me, the new neighbor. I met my second best friend when she towered over the
the Ovary Office. In
boys in elementary school and wore earthy embroidered hippie shirts before it was cool.
the United Skirts of
These days I’m still collecting best friends from different cities, different experiences, dif-
America, every day is Independence Day!
ferent professions. Whether it’s a wine-and-Skype date with Meg, a Gchat exclamation-fest with Mary Lou, or a look-what-I-bought-and-don’t-tell-my-husband round of texts with Carrie, even the friends that are far away feel as near as the ones I can schedule for brunch.
been winners of the 2008
Seeing the friendships of our profiles in the BFF Issue reminded me how relationships grow
Children’s Choice Award,
from so many things—sisters, business partners and same-named co-workers, for starters.
International Reading Asso-
Toni and Casey, Laura and Julie, Jennie and Jenn have friendships that can’t be contained
ciation and Children’s Book
on a single page. This month, take a friend to coffee at the soon-to-be-open Orange Spot,
Council, and winner of the
pass along your copy of skirt! to a BFF, and just be in touch. From one mile to one thou-
2007 Excellence in Financial Literacy Award (EIFLE), Institute for Financial Literacy.
sand, a friend is just a phone call—or a Gchat—away.
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To say ours was a competitive friendship would be only partially true. Yes, Carole and I had an appetite for outdoing one another, but only on every other Thursday morning, and only from mid-June to late August. Pancake mornings at camp. The morning that the usual uninspired cereals (Cheerios, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies) and bowls of halved, browning-before-your-very-eyes bananas would be replaced with platters of fresh hotcakes, straight off the griddle. The three elderly camp cooks—white-haired, industrious women from the nearby tiny mountain town of Sparta, North Carolina—would have gotten up at 5:30 in the morning, long before “Reveille,” to begin mixing vats of batter and flipping flapjacks by hand, to prep for the 300 young campers and 50 or so counselors who’d trudge in after flag raising, still sleepy but hungry. And especially hungry for homemade pancakes, camp-style. Big. Golden. Not too fluffy, not too flat. Hearty and totally unwholesome. White flour sponges for butter and Aunt Jemima’s syrup. Mmmm. Those Thursdays were not simply breakfast for Carole and me; it was game on. I’m not sure how our first pancake-eating contest got started. Maybe it was that one of us noticed the other continuing to load her plate each time our KP Duty-camper returned to the table with pancake reinforcements. But soon, our charges—10 eightyear-old girls (Carole and I staffed Mohawk, the youngest cabin) who otherwise revered their kind, patient and slightly zany counselors—would begin to look aghast and concerned. 15 pancakes…and counting?? Who will tuck us in at night if our counselors explode? Before long, the entire dining hall would be watching and cheering, choosing sides. “Go Stephanie! One more, one more!” “Come on Carole! You can do it. Swaaaallooww!” The camp director would shake his head, more in disbelief at our gorge-fest than dismay. This was decades before childhood obesity was a buzzkill and carbs had a bad rap. Our flapjack smackdown was harmless breakfast sport. Typical camp silliness lauded for its entertainment value. I even think the cooks got a kick out of it, despite the fact that they had to keep flipping cakes long past closing time. I can still remember my discomfort waddling back to our cabin post-pancake-a-thon, then wallowing in my bunk during cabin clean-up, semi-comatose from glucose overload. The poor campers had to swish the toilets and sweep all by themselves on those gluttonous Thursdays, but earning the dreaded “Dirty Lil” award was a small price to pay for the pancake bonding that solidified Carole’s and my friendship. When it came to sheer gut fortitude and stomach expandability, she was my equal. When it came to generosity, thoughtfulness and wisdom balanced by wicked humor, she was my idol. I have a picture of Carole and me dressed as Raggedy Ann and Andy for a camp skit. We’re both in red gingham shirts and denim—my hair in pigtails, hers in a ponytail and red lipstick smeared in big red blots on our cheeks. We were both tall and skinny, though she was slightly taller and skinnier. We both had overalls (it was camp after all, and the late ‘70s); we both had stuffed animals on our bunks, though Carole’s “Baa-Baa,” a beloved hand-sewn lamb, displayed authentic Velveteen Rabbit threadbare-ness, while my Winnie the Pooh was mostly a prop—something I had loved once but now just felt I ought to bring along. We both had an earnest Christian faith as only earnest and still unjaded 17- and 18-year-old young girls can have. We knew our Romans 8:28 and could rattle off a Galatians or Ephesians verse for encouragement if the other was having a lousy day. We made irreverent jokes one minute and prayed together the next. Carole was a year or two older than I was. She was the Senior Counselor and I was her underling the year we were first paired together in Mohawk. We worked side-by-side for three more summers, comforting homesick campers, leading cabin devotions based on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. While I could usually stuff my face with more pancakes than she could, I always felt Carole beat me on the faith front. She was the more mature and credible Christian. She had a sturdy certitude I both admired and was intimidated by. I, on the other hand, liked to flip the cakes— see what the other side looked like. I’d shake up the short stack, ask questions, poke holes. Not that I didn’t believe; I did, with all my earnest heart. I just didn’t swallow anything whole, unless it happened to be a Thursday morning with imitation maple syrup at the ready. I found that Raggedy Ann and Andy picture not long ago, and a pang re-emerged. I could taste the starchy sweet aftertaste of a pancake death-feed; I missed our one-time closeness. After our college years and tandem summers, Carole and I went different directions. She did missionary work with the YMCA in Singapore. I led bike tours and eventually wound up in Divinity School. She stayed steadfast in her beliefs; I became a little looser in mine, allowing room for what I considered to be a healthy and necessary skepticism. She married a clean-cut guy rooted in faith. I married a contrarian prepster rooted in rock-n-roll. I worried that our differences would distance us; that I didn’t measure up anymore. So I allowed distance to distance us instead. The sisterly bond that Carole and I once shared simply faded. No ill will, no breach of trust, just general lack of care and feeding. And now I wonder, when is it too late to try one more pancake? When does flour and butter and faux maple syrup stop tasting like regret? Stephanie Hunt is a freelance writer in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Her youngest daughter, Claire, is the resident pancake maker, God bless her. stephaniehuntwrites.com
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The trauma and drama of female friendships is the geography of a girl’s life at ten. Friendships rule, and alliances change hourly.
t’s become a ritual. At the end of the school day my daughter, Izzy, shrugs off her winter jacket, plops her backpack on the floor and moseys on over to the breakfast counter with a bowl of fishy crackers. Then she sighs with as much woe as a ten-year-old can muster and says, “So, do you want to hear about it?” Without waiting for me to answer she launches into her latest friend crisis. There is at least one a day. On Monday, her friend Sarah wore her hair in French braids even though my daughter and her other friend Laura agreed they would only wear their hair in traditional braids (except on weekends…obviously). On Tuesday, Laura refused to trade her Fruit Roll-Up for Izzy’s Babybel cheese. Instead, Izzy tells me, Laura traded lunch snacks with Sarah (that French braid floozy). By Wednesday, Sarah and Laura were no longer speaking to Izzy. Recess was a lonely affair. “Lunch,” Izzy said, “was a dismal failure.” I try to stay neutral. First of all, my daughter—though my favorite girl in the world—is an accomplished liar. (Last month she convinced the principal we were moving to Costa Rica.) Second, I don’t want to become the next front-page parent who, passionately embroiled in their child’s social life, decks another parent at the school play. No, I remember Grade Five. My self-esteem rose and fell according to how well I was liked. The trauma and drama of female friendships is the geography of a girl’s life at ten. Friendships rule, and alliances change hourly. What I don’t remember is discussing my friendships with my parents or working through my feelings of worthlessness with any kind of clinical rigor. Izzy, on the other hand, recaps the intricacies of her friendships and her feelings about the friendships with me after school, her father every night before bed, and the school counselor during her lonesome recesses. The result of her perseverance (or obsession) is her own classification of friendship. She explained it to me during one of our afternoon chats.
Specializing in a beautiful you. The Banana Friend This is the best friend you can find: trustworthy, fun and kind. They hold your secrets like their own. Izzy tells me you get one, maybe two, banana friends. They don’t put you down or feel threatened by you. If you fight with a banana friend, you can still talk to her, even if it’s weird, because she cares for your friendship as much as you do. The Monkey Friend
These are “friends” in quotations because when you get right down to it they’re not very friend-like. The problem with spider friends, other than you feel like crap when you hang out with them, is that the core of the relationship is power. If they feel dominant in the friendship, things go well, but if they feel vulnerable, they lash out, either insulting you or someone close to you. Spider friends are savvy. You won’t realize they put you down until later. Instead you feel powerless. You feel less like yourself. In an effort to feel better, you gossip about other people and then feel even worse. The only way out of spider friends, Izzy tells me, is through the true friendship of a banana friend. The Lollipop Friend These are sweet friends, but they have no substance. They are fillers, back-up friends, and while easy to maintain, you can’t count on them for anything. Like lollipops, after a few juicy licks, there is nothing there.
After my daughter explained her categorization, I thought about it. Later that night I asked her to explain it again. Then I wrote it down and thought about it some more. She was right. Most of my friendships fit neatly into one of those categories. As I mentally slotted my friends into their appropriate classification, I struggled to place Natalie, one of my oldest friends. Natalie was my banana friend all through university. We were each other’s maid of honor. She named my daughter when she was born, but something happened during her divorce. We struggled to like each other. I didn’t feel like myself around her anymore. There were topics I couldn’t bring up, and these turned into gaping black holes in our friendship. We continued to play the roles of our old friendship, but it felt false. I began talking about her behind her back in a way I never would have before. I clung to the old idea of our friendship, but the more I held on, the worse I felt about our current superficial friendship. Gradually we both stopped calling each other, and our friendship drifted into a bi-annual lunch. At best we were lollipop friends. I began to wonder if we were closer to spider friends. A few weeks after my daughter explained her theory of friendships, I was due for my yearly lunch with Natalie. I was dreading it. Halfway through lunch I blurted out that we weren’t good friends anymore. It came out casually; it wasn’t planned, but to me it was obvious. She almost choked on her sushi when I said it, but she didn’t argue. We both knew it was true. I told her I felt sad about it for a long time, but we had both changed. It was awkward but authentic, something our friendship had lacked for some time. The great thing about acknowledging the truth of our friendship was that for the rest of lunch we didn’t pretend. Neither of us got out our daybooks to schedule the next lunch. Once we had clarity about our friendship we could let it go. I think this is why my daughter worked so diligently on her own understanding of friendship. Placing her friendships in different categories helped her to know which friends had priority in her life. As for me, I took a long sober look at a friendship that had ended years ago and finally said goodbye. In her past life, Marcia Walker was a lawyer. Now she’s writing a novel. Marcia lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and two children.
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A high-energy salon and shop needs a high-energy drink. When you drop by Stella Nova in downtown Charleston, buy a chilled Synergy drink from their cold case to keep up your strength for power shopping. Our favorite hair product available at Stella Nova? Bumble & Bumble Let it Shine Conditioner. 292 King St.
Our favorite lunch at Rutledge Cab Co. is the Grilled Vegetable Pizza with smoked onion aioli, olive tapenade, Parmesan and fresh herbs. The portion is just right, and so is the price...$8. 1300 Rutledge Ave.
Bargain Breakfast The Tuscan Morning Wrap from Black Bean Company’s new downtown Charleston location contains eggs or scrambled tofu, homemade mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar reduction, and spinach.And it comes with a side of yogurt, grits or a fresh fruit cup, all for $3.95! 429 King St.
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To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Urban Electric Company returned to their lantern-making roots with a collection that includes 10 signature and exclusive lanterns. They invited outside collaborators to design a lantern that captured their individual take on the quintessential Urban Electric aesthetic. One of the 10 winners is a skirt! neighbor—Dufford Young Architects, with their lantern called “Willow.” Congratulations, Philip and John!
Runway Under the Stars Freshfields Village presents The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center Fashion Show on Saturday, April 20 from 5-7pm. Enjoy an evening of couture and caring when models hit the catwalk for a cause. A cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction precede a runway show on the Freshfields Village Green with more than 50 complete looks from local boutiques. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 843.768.6491 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Shannon Whitworth brings her signature bluesy, smokey-jazz voice and sultry singer/songwriter lyricism to Wadmalaw Island for Earth Day, in support of The Nature Conservancy. With her just-released album, High Tide, Shannon is cresting a wave of acclaim from music critics from Nashville to New York. The special Earth Day concert is Sunday April 21, at 4pm, and benefits the South Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy’s Marine program. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of. Tickets/ info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Let Our Voices Emerge” is an exhibition of paintings by Olga Stamatiou at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park through April 28. The oil paintings examine sensitive social issues such as gender equality, ethnic and religious tolerance and human rights. Utilizing thought-provoking imagery and strong symbols, Stamatiou (from Beaufort, SC) uses art to convey a message about women’s invisibility worldwide.
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Beg, Borrow, Steal
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Right around the time I began to notice that my friend Heidi was a thief, the plants in my house began to wilt, and two pots of daisies on my deck withered and died. At first I ascribed it to my inconsistent watering, or maybe a temperature variance, but the mass drooping was disturbing. I’d had the plants for years, and I was attached to their well-being. Heidi was the one friend I knew I could call at three in the morning if ever the need arose, and I was the one who understood her endless ups and downs with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Smitty. We went dancing together, hiked together, spent a weekend in the wine country together. We liked the same rock music, bought the same model of car, and remembered each other’s birthdays in grand style. It took some time before I noticed she was a con woman. She wasn’t a thief in the usual sense. You had to look closely to catch her stealing other people’s self-worth morsel by morsel, since she did it so charmingly. Just a stray crumb of gossip about this person or that, often delivered with a great deal of humor. Every subject of gossip was about someone she also described as her “good friend.” Gradually I began to realize many of the incriminating tidbits were fictitious; even the tales that seemed true were infused with a malicious aftertaste. No one was safe. I was informed that Heather was high on pot brownies, and Ned had turned into a terrible narcissist. Julie was a binge eater but for goodness sakes, don’t tell anyone, the poor dear. I watched her lie to people directly and cheerfully: “Oh, I meant to invite you—of course you must come!” she told a neighbor whom she had criticized mercilessly that very afternoon. “You look gorgeous, as always,” she said to Sally, though she described Sally as “totally frumpy” to everyone else behind her back. Strange little seedlings of mistrust took root among those of us who knew each other. Nothing you could quite put your finger on, but a reserve developed, and no one seemed as open or relaxed in conversation. Odd glances were exchanged, sudden awkward pauses inserted themselves where talk had once flowed effortlessly. At the plant nursery, searching for sturdier greenery to replace my daisies, I noticed two women walking side by side down one of the aisles, exclaiming over the more exotic ornamentals. They seemed so glad to be there in one another’s company, and when the two of them laughed together it was a lovely sound, like wind chimes in a lush garden. I felt a sudden pang— had Heidi’s and my friendship ever felt like that, sounded like that? I wanted to linger in the nursery a long while, take solace in this super-oxygenated place of refined, healthy things that were carefully tended and blooming. It seemed as if Heidi’s pain was rising ever closer to the surface. Her daughter was fighting often enough with other girls in school to warrant a call from the principal, and Heidi’s descriptions of Smitty grew nastier even when they were seeing each other regularly. She complained about the gifts he brought or didn’t bring, his bedroom finesse, and all sorts of personal details. She didn’t tell him when she went out a few times with other men. Her eyes, once full of vitality, looked tired and dull; all the sparks of life ignited only in the dramatic stories she relayed about the failings and flaws of others. It didn’t escape me that I was probably being dissected elsewhere in much the same manner. The final uprooting of our friendship happened one afternoon at an outdoor café when she was laughing about a mutual friend’s therapy sessions. “I could have told him all that for free,” she said, nudging me conspiratorially. “But at least he got some good drugs! Maybe now he’ll get a girlfriend.” “I need to run,” I said. Her laughter sounded more malevolent than mirthful, and the traffic noises around us suddenly were cacophonous. The next time she called me I made an excuse, and soon she just stopped trying altogether. I still see her once in a while at a restaurant or a party. She makes a show of hugging me if others are around, and if not, we chat for a moment before she walks away abruptly. She doesn’t know how deeply I grieved her for a long time afterward. Yet it was a good kind of grief, bringing with it a newly defined longing for quiet exchanges, sturdy roots and healthy new leaves, fresh air, kindness. I wasn’t even mourning the loss of Heidi herself, I think, but rather the glorious idea of the two of us together. At times when I miss her the most, l remember that now there’s ample room for a person whose laughter sounds like wind chimes, the sort of person who can lead me more deeply back into my own heart simply by opening her own. Stacy Appel is a writer in Lafayette, CA, whose work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and other publications. She has also written for National Public Radio. She is a contributor to the book You Know You’re a Writer When… by Adair Lara. Contact Stacy at WordWork101@aol.com.
Women and Power Series Wednesday, April 10 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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A Tribute to Mayor Joe Riley Charleston’s most prominent women throw a kiss to Joe and salute his 38 years of love and leadership for our city. Presenters include: Liz Alston, Fire Chief Karen Brack, Martha Rivers Ingram, Linda Ketner, Dr. Nancy McGinley, Chief Justice Jean Toal, Hon. Lucille Whipper and Anita Zucker.
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Saturday, April 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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Toni and Casey Kroll are fused by fitness. The identical twins were together at Clemson and both chose Charleston for post-college career paths. Though Casey went into massage therapy while Toni joined the Mount Pleasant Police Department, they sought the steady energy of exercise. “We both love fitness; we love working out together.” They ventured into personal training before turning to positions at Lululemon, with Toni also instructing at Blast900. Now the twins test their limits in group classes with the support of their sisterhood. “It’s the unknown, and to have your best friend to do it with, it just kind of gives you that comfort when you’re going into new experiences.” But they savor one experience more than sweat sessions: “snug time.” When they were little, this meant climbing under the covers of one twin bed. Now it translates to the occasional slumber party in Toni’s spare bedroom. “We always wanted to be next to each other. That was our bonding time.”
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Julie Simuang and Laura Cannon are in the espresso lane. The friends met over an espresso machine at Local Market and Coffee. Julie was the manager and dished on her dream to own a coffeehouse. Laura, then assistant manager at the Governor’s House Inn, became a regular and the two eventually became business partners.They’ve bonded over how-to books, finances, and faith in their vision: The Orange Spot. It reflects a café haven Julie found in Thailand, heightened by cha yen, a Thai tea. “It was my orange drink, and when I had a bad day, I kept saying ‘I just need to go to my orange spot.’ That’s what people look for when they go to a coffee shop—a spot for themselves.” That spot surfaces this spring, bringing Lowcountry products—plus cha yen—to Park Circle. “We want people to feel like, when they’re around us, they can be who they are and say what they feel, and all we want to do is just serve them coffee and tea.”
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Jennie Hodges and Jenn Hodges are joined by a job. The strawberry blondes share a love for shopping, coordinating play dates with their kids, and their first and last names. Jennie Gromel and Jenn Perkins attended Virginia colleges and met through a mutual friend at a Dave Matthews concert. They clicked and stayed close after graduation, though Jenn taught in California while Jennie gravitated to grad school and a teaching career in Charleston. Their name change came when Jennie married Burt Hodges and Jenn married Tom Hodges, who turned out to be an old friend of Burt’s. “It’s this crazy, small-world story.” When Jenn and Tom moved to Charleston and Jennie went on maternity leave, she encouraged Jenn to sub in her third-grade classroom at Orange Grove. Now they share a contract, working as part-time teachers of the same class by alternating days. Students see them as The Tall Mrs. Hodges and The Small Mrs. Hodges, while faculty and staff refer to them as Hodges, Inc. “It’s hilarious. We love it. We’re just goofy.”
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Please Join us for our 5th Annual Paint it Forward for our Local Shrimpers! Design on Wheels @ Alhambra Hall Wednesday, April 24th 6:00 - 8:00 - $40.00
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Get your family active with the Cooper River Bridge Run’s Wonderfest event and Kid’s Run at Hampton Park from 11am-6pm! Bring your kids out for entertainment and activities the day before the bridge run. bridgerun.com
Push-Up & Up challenges local representatives to a push-up challenge in Marion Square while raising money for Communities in Schools, which advocates for dropout prevention. pushupandup.org
Have little ones at home? Get some energy and calories burned at the childhood obesity outreach and community gathering Fam Jam festival at Marion Square, 10am-2pm. explorecml.org
Raise some dollars and dance for Lowcountry Orphan Relief at Memminger Auditorium from 7-11pm. Receive free dance instruction while indulging in drinks and appetizers. lowcountryorphanrelief.org
The Roots of Jazz Music Festival benefits Jenkins Orphanage—Local jazz artists will perform, as well as the battle of the high school and middle school jazz bands, 10am-7pm. Tickets are $10 at the gate, 735.5344.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Tea Room is open from 11:30am-2pm until April 26. Dine in the courtyard or veranda. Proceeds benefit St. Philip’s missions and ministries. stphilipschurchsc.org
Savor the flavor at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival and enjoy Zydeco music with Cajun and Creole flavor from 12-6pm at the James Island Park! Spice it up with jambalaya and crawfish. ccprc.com
Save the date for the Upper King Design District Walk. Shops and restaurants between Calhoun and Spring Streets on King will open their doors after-hours for the biannual event.
See local stars at the Charleston International Film Festival at Sottile Theatre until April 28. The festival empowers young artists and filmmakers by showcasing their talents. charlestoniff.org
Center for Women’s Women and Power program features an interview with Rita Littles Scott, GM of Channel WCSC TV 5 and a trailblazer for African American women in the media. 5:30pm, register at c4women.org
The 3rd Annual Gimme Shelter party takes place at The Alley, downtown. This retro party features a DJ, bowling, retro games and feel good food by Home Team BBQ. operationhome.org
The annual Blessing of the Fleet Fundraiser in Mount Pleasant features music, crafts, a boat parade and a lot of seafood. townofmountpleasant.com
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We were intensely focused on planning out our dreams. I would grow up to become the Director of the Peace Corps; Sariyah would be a teacher at an elementary school. Lisa Leshaw
t never occurred to me that Sariyah, my very best friend on the entire planet was black. Her skin was surely darker than mine at least until mid-August of each year when I became the darker one with a little solar support. Perhaps on some level I realized the difference in our coloring. I just never thought it meant that Sariyah would be treated any differently on that basis alone. Especially since every 6th grade girl in our class spent their entire allowance on tanning products trying to look exactly like Sariyah, ultimately ending up various shades of bright-orange Crayola. I remember none of us could wait for summer recess to “lay out” with our towels and tan creams and dreams, hoping we’d be paid the highest compliment: “Wow, you are so dark!” At some point, I figured out that starting your life white and turning black from the sun bore zero resemblance to starting your life black from birth. You know how this youthful epiphany came about? Because I never heard a single soul ever said “Wow!” to Sariyah. Well except in the case of Nancy, the class bully, who proudly announced one afternoon that she was going to beat up Sariyah. For emphasis she added, “Wow, watch me now!” I jumped in front to protect my friend when my left eyebrow and Nancy’s fist collided. I came away with a nasty bruise. It was superficial. It took me years to understand that Sariyah was deeply bruised, but her wounds were invisible to the naked eye. Hers were scarring to the soul. That summer a community center with an outdoor pool opened just down the block from us. I asked my mom if she would mind dropping Sariyah and me off. She said no without explanation. We made the same request of Sariyah’s mom. She turned us down without a pause. This scenario repeated itself weekend after weekend until I politely confronted the grown-ups about their refusals. It boiled down to a simple hand-written sign posted at the entrance to the pool: “No Blacks Allowed.” Someone had decided that my best friend wasn’t allowed to swim and splash and slide and dive. She wasn’t even allowed to soak up the sun which I knew belonged to everyone. I wanted that person’s name. They had no right to do this to Sariyah. I never did get that person’s name. I also never went to the community pool, nor any other place that Sariyah’s color prevented her from being welcomed. We spent all of our free days together in the little playground at our apartment complex. We never went down the slide or tried to grab the out-of-reach monkey bars. Instead we spent our girl-time swinging side-by-side with identically timed leg pumping so that we could hear one another chatter up a storm.
We were intensely focused on planning out our dreams. I would grow up to become the Director of the Peace Corps; Sariyah would be a teacher at an elementary school. Leaving the playground late one afternoon we heard a voice command Sariyah, “Sit down, ’cause I didn’t give you permission to leave.” The bully strutted into view, chest all puffed out in front of her friends. I grabbed for Sariyah’s hand and whispered for her to look down and keep walking. I thought it was good advice, but within seconds Sariyah was surrounded. She didn’t make a move. Every instinct in me screamed to do something, so I did. I kicked the closest shin. In return, I received a fistful of dirt in my face and my hair twisted by its ponytail. Nancy had pinned Sariyah to the ground. I waited a few seconds for her instincts to kick in. When they didn’t, I yelled for her to start kicking. Instead, she lay there choking on dirt, scrunched up into a little ball. Nancy kicked her once for good measure, laughed and left. Sariyah wiped her mouth with the sleeve of her shirt, walked over to the water fountain and bent her face down so the water could wash away the dirt. She wiped her face dry with her hands. It took me a minute to realize that I had just watched a well-choreographed ritual, one Sariyah had obviously performed many times before. We walked home in silence. This was the angriest I remember being in my whole life, but I didn’t know who I was angrier with: Nancy for hurting Sariyah or Sariyah for not hurting Nancy. I wanted to know why she let anyone treat her like that. My question hung in the air unanswered. I pursued it relentlessly, pushing and prodding for the next 15 minutes, and Sariyah continued her pretend deafness. I veered off to my apartment without saying goodbye, but the next day we were back to bosom-buddy status with nonstop secret-sharing well into the night. We continued this endless chatter for five uninterrupted years. In 11th grade, Sariyah’s father relocated his family to Washington, D.C. I visited Sariyah on her 17th birthday, and we spent a lazy afternoon sitting on the swings at her local park. I was reminded of another park on a very different day long ago, but if the same thought crossed Sariyah’s mind she never mentioned it. On the plane ride home, I reflected on the true difference between Sariyah and myself. It had nothing at all to do with color. Sariyah had figured out an important secret about life, one that I had yet to master. She made the very best of her lot and didn’t complain or pity herself. She preserved her dignity and her pride and never gave in to the hatred around her. She made no excuse and placed no blame. Instead, she blossomed against the odds. As life would have it I never did become the Director of the Peace Corps, nor did Sariyah become an elementary school teacher. She became the principal.
Lisa Leshaw is a semi-retired addictions therapist. She teaches children’s acting classes and runs corporate workshops on leadership skills, motivation and productivity. She dreams of writing full-time. 84 aprilw2013
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