I do not have children. I will not be passing on my legacy through a next generation of my own creation. But please do not misunderstand or make assumptions. This was a conscious choice — made by two people who chose a path which focused exclusively on the pursuit of knowledge, advanced education, career, business ventures, literary pursuits, and travel. If I could turn the clock back, I believe that I would have followed that same path.
So, when I read this passage written by an author I deeply admire —Alexandra Fuller — it resonated with me and, frankly, I couldn’t have articulated my thoughts any better. In the Author’s Note of her novel, Scribbling the Cat: Travels with an African Soldier, Alexandra Fuller says it best:
“What is important is the story.
Because when we are all dust and teeth and kicked-up bits of skin — when we’re dancing with our own skeletons — our words might be all that’s left of us.”
Words. I hope that they will be my legacy.
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