How hard is it to throw a way an old t-shirt? I have one that is so faded Harriet could pass for white. There are tears in the arm pits. Ready for the rag bag. Really? Can I really let Harriet Tubman go to wiping up spilled spaghetti sauce or washing my tires? Her words have been inspiring me ever since I visited her home four years ago in Auburn, New York. First I proudly wore the shirt, spreading her good news about the town for friends and neighbors to ponder. As the shirt wore down, I continued to wear her about my yard card for the inspiration of the trees and critters. Finally,when the threads began to give way, I wore the shirt to bed, Harriet’s words between me and my sheets.
Then I thought about my blog. Here I can record Tubman’s words and pass them onto my few fans. Best of all I can go back and find her for inspiration whenever I may need her in the future. Here are the words from my shirt:
“…IF YOU ARE TIRED, KEEP GOING;
IF YOU ARE SCARED, KEEP GOING;
IF YOU ARE HUNGRY, KEEP GOING;
IF YOU WANT TO TASTE FREEDOM,
- HARRIET TUBMAN