This is the one and only picture I was able to snap of Maya Angelou on Saturday night. I didn't want to take pictures while she was talking and when she was done she got up so quickly and my silly camera takes forever to take another shot so I could only get one picture. This is the only photo and unfortunately it has those little light blobs on it. At least you get to see how close I was to her. I did not zoom in on this picture at all. I was in the front row just a few feet away from her. So often when she spoke she was looking right at me as I smiled and nodded my head. It was just amazing to have one of my idols speaking right to me and smiling back.
It was an incredible night. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to listen to this wise woman speak. I kept thinking how I was listening to a living legend and it was just overwhelming at times. She was not only inspiring, and captivating, she was hilarious as well. It was a fabulous speech.
Her topic for the evening was hope. How appropriate was that? It was just perfect for my mom, my sister and me. Ms. Angelou spoke of being a rainbow in the clouds. How so many people in her life had been the rainbow in her clouds, and how we may do the same for others. She reminded us that we are all able to inspire and transcend. It was so moving. It was one of those moments that makes you want to be better. Do better. Be an example.
It was an unforgettable night.
Tomorrow I'm going to post the story of how the hubby and I met in participation with a meme sponsored by Rebecca. I love the "How we met" stories and if any of you would like to participate then stop by Rebecca's and sign in the mister linky. I would love to hear your own stories.