The Blossom Girls' 1st Tea Party
My weekend was as beautiful as the carnations above.
Do you remember the moment you learned the difference between a salad fork and a dinner fork? Or what about how to pass a dish to the right instead of across the table? Well, for my Blossom Girls, that moment happened last night.
Yesterday, The Flourishing Blossoms Society for Girls, Inc. had a Tea Party where all ten eighth grade girls learned all they need to know about proper etiquette.
Below is Dasia's teacup. I wrote each Blossom Girl's name on her teacup as a keepsake.
The girls were given the lesson by my dear friend, Janee Thames, who is one of the most classiest women I know. She is also former Miss Morgan State University and currently a kindergarten teacher. She most recently started her own company for teaching proper etiquette called, J. T. Consulting.
My friend Tieka, a Baltimore-native whom the Blossoms admire, was also in attendance to support the girls.
It was amazing to have the mothers of the girls attend the tea. They are all so very supportive.
We were all in tears as Aiyana's mom spoke about how proud she is of Aiyana's development.
Not only did the girls partake in the tea party, they also had to prepare a presentation in the form of a poem, art work, or a short biography about an influential woman of color in history such as: Lena Horne, Daisy Bates, Zora Neal Hurston, Nikki Giovanni, Angela Davis, Dorothy Height, Winnie Mandela, Billie Holiday, and Mary McCleod Bethune. Below is Keshawnia presenting her portrait of feminist, Daisy Bates.
I wanted the girls to be able to discover their own potential to be great women of color, through discovering the achievements of the women that came before them. Each presentation was remarkable. I was proud.
One of the most powerful lines in Remaz's presentation about Mary McCleod Bethune was,
If there's some things that I learned from reading about her it's that you don't have to join things, you can start them. Also, you don't have to follow one dream, you can fulfill many.
Above is Sky presenting my school's executive director, Mrs. Ericka Brockman, with a bouquet of carnations in a floral mug, as a token of our gratitude.
Below is Remaz presenting a bouquet to Janee.
The entire experience was amazing. Like my co-founder, Carissa Harrison said last night,
This is truly a life lesson that our girls will never forget.
She is absolutely right. They will teacher their own daughters and their daughters will teacher their daughters too.