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I couldn't write a book without taking the time to first acknowledge the vessels that God used to make my life a reality. Even though my parents are no longer with me, I know that their love, though vastly different in application, is what nurtured and grew me into the woman I have become. So today, I give honor and respect to the late Ollie Gilbert Polk and Fannie Mae Miller Polk. People who have met me within the last 15 years didn't get to know my mom because she died when I was pregnant with Kobe, but those who knew me before she died know that you hardly ever saw me without seeing her. She was at every performance, every graduation, and every special and not so special event...the best mom ever. She drove to Oxford to hear me sing the National Anthem at basketball games when I was in law school at Ole Miss. She drove four hours to hear me sing a song that takes less than two minutes for me to sing. She would come to Oxford and stay with me and go to class with me when law school got overwhelming and I wanted to quit. She never ceased to amaze me. She loved all four of her kids and none of us ever felt disfavored. We each always felt special because of her unmistakable, unwavering and unconditional love for us. I miss my mama so much every day, even after all this time, but I know she is still with me because she lives in me, my son, my sisters, my brother, my nieces, my nephews, my great-nieces, my great-nephews and the yet unborn and unrealized family who have yet to be touched by her love. We are the descendants and the legacy of Fannie Mae Miller Polk. Thank you, Mama for being a perfect example of how to be a loving and devoted wife, a mother, a grandmother, a lady, a classy diva, and for being everything else that made you such a wonderful woman. Most importantly, thank you for showing me how to love. My dad was not as visual or as vocal. He was more of an undercurrent...a force felt behind the scenes. He was writing the checks and being the standing threat for us if we didn't stay on the right path. Three weeks before I graduated from law school was the first time I ever heard my father say he was proud of me, but I always knew he was proud because everyone he worked with and all his friends knew each of my accomplishments in detail. My father taught me the importance of standing on my own two feet. He showed me a strong work ethic which taught me that if I have breath in my body, I need to go to work and pay my own bills because nobody is going to give me anything. Everything comes with a price. He is also the side of me that people see when they force my defense mechanisms to engage. Cosmetically, he gave me my dark skin tone, my dimples and my eyes, but characteristically, he gave me strength, determination, the sharpness of my teeth and the sting of my porcupine quills. You'll only feel the discomfort of my strength, if I'm forced to defend myself once you take my kindness for weakness and prove to me that you don't have my best interests in your heart and mind. I am so grateful for and proud of my parents. I wish they could have been there to see me sworn in as judge the way my mom saw me sworn in as a lawyer, but they are with me every time I hug my baby the way my mama hugged me and every time I go to work when I really don't feel like it the way my daddy did. Thank you guys so much for showing me how to be a good woman. I'll love you always.Review:
I just finished reading your book. I loved it!! I especially appreciated your testimony to the faithfulness of our LORD. Also, your use of Romans 8:28' it is my favorite Bible verse. I feel like I know Kobe. I will pray for his continued good health and that God will continue to use you as a shining light. --To GOD Be The Glory!!!
I really do think the book is awesome. It's fun, witty and I had to lol several times. I am currently reading it again. It's that kind of book. --Kim
My girl??? What I been waiting on!!! Judge Gay Polk-Payton has finished her book and I'm sooo very exited and ready to have a Book club meeting with my girls...OOOO this is going to be good!!!! BETER GET YOUR COPY; IM!!! --Rosiland HighlyfavoredbyGod Jenkins
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Book Description Teardrops Publishing. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2582613540