THE BEGINNING a snapshot By Renee McClellan – I was born into a very tough economic situation in a very tough Chicago neighborhood. My grandmother had 13 children, 9 boys and 4 girls. My mother had me when she was just 14, so, tattered and torn, I fell into the rotation. With that many people in the house, simple survival was of the utmost importance. I watched my grandmother sacrifice her entire existence. She didn’t dream for herself. If she had, her dreams probably passed on with my grandfather. Whenever there was a question of her hopes and dreams, her reply always centered on the hopes and dreams of others – including me. From my curious onslaught of questions, my grandmother knew early on that I was falling in love with story telling. She knew I was fascinated with the intricacies of the human experience and she loved to hear me repeat her stories to others. She said I was a natural story teller. With writing always on the tip of my fingers and the forefront of my thoughts, my grandmother knew what I never would have imagined – that I was born into a world of words that played like a melody in my head. Remembering my grandmother’s dream for me not only made me stronger, but also made me push harder because I finally realized that I am dreaming for her. My journey has been bittersweet. I hope that you can assist me and my team as we move toward the dream.
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