When I think of angels, I think of the people God has placed in my life. My mom died when I was four years old and as a child, Manmi Zette took care of my brother and me when my dad went away on business. I recall the night that she had to make a decision that no one in their wildest dreams has to make. At the time, I didn’t understand what was happening but I knew that it was not safe. I heard screams and loud pop-pop sounds and one of the pops came through our window and landed on my bed. Tante (Aunt) Zette knew that our home was not safe and needed to get my brother and me to safety, but where in Haiti was anything safe back in 1991?
Fortunately, my Shero, Tante Zette came up with a plan to get us out of the country that night. That plan kept us safe and alive. For that, I am grateful for this woman and the risk she took just to make sure that we would be ok. Romans 13:7 says, to “give honor to whom honor is due”. I honor my great aunt by making sure that I live a life that is full of purpose and faith. She had faith that we would not only make it out alive but that one day we would amount to something great. I believe that the risk that she took afforded me the opportunities that I have today. I will not take that for granted. As uncle Ben told young Peter, “with great power, comes great responsibility”. As a Haitian expat, I do feel a sense of responsibility for making the world a better place for all kids. I’m still becoming, and that’s all thanks to my Manmi Zette.
My list of Sheroes includes Dr. Maya Angelou, Edwidge Dandicat, Anne Frank, Naomi Osaka, Sojourner Truth, Zora Neal Hurston, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Angela Bassett-the epitome of Black don’t crack!