Custody

: immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority; also: Safekeeping

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Custody (n.): mid-15th century, from Latin custodiaguardian, watching, keeping,” from custosguardian, keeper, protector,” from Proto-Indo-European (s)keu– “to cover, conceal” (related to: hide).

 

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“The idea of hostages is very deep. Becoming pregnant is taking a hostage–as is running a pawnshop, being a bank, receiving a letter, taking a photograph, or listening to a confidence. Every love story, every commercial trade, every secret, every matter in which trust is involved, is a gentle transaction of hostages. Everything is, to a degree, in the custody of every other thing.”

Renata Adler (b. 1937, American author, journalist, and film critic; best known for writing the “Speedboat”)

Bio Source:

www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/welcome-back-renata-adler

“I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.”

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877, Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet, French painter and leader of the Realist movement, who rebelled against the Romantic painting of his day, turning to everyday events for his subject matter)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Gustave-Courbet

“Be as polite to the custodian as you are to the chairman of the board.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (b. 1940, author best known for his inspirational book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” which was a New York Times bestseller)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Jackson_Brown,_Jr.

“I was taught that a lawyer was supposed to be a custodian of the community’s legal and ethical sense.”

“I was taught that a lawyer was supposed to be a custodian of the community’s legal and ethical sense.”

Bio Source:

www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/business/joe-jamail-flamboyant-texas-lawyer-dies-at-90-won-pennzoils-10-5-billion-award-against-texaco.html?_r=0

“Woman was always the custodian of human sentiment, morality and honor, and in these respects, man always has yielded woman the palm.”

Maria Montessori (1870-1962, Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori, Italian physician, educator, and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn and for the schools that bear her name)

Bio Source:

amshq.org/Montessori-Education/History-of-Montessori-Education/Biography-of-Maria-Montessori

Meditation

“Be as polite to the custodian as you are to the chairman of the board.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

My philosophy has always been to treat custodians and housekeepers as if they are royalty, because they actually are!

I know, because my grandmother was a housekeeper, who also worked in a factory.  And if it wasn’t for her hard work, tenacity, and fortitude, we her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren would not have been able to have such beautiful and prosperous lives.

My 97 year-old grandmother, a God-fearing woman, is still strong, tough, and domineering.  But now I understand she had to be in order to break our ancestral patterns of bondage. Nana’s such an amazing woman, because even though she had only a sixth-grade education she was  a wise woman of great vision.  She wanted us to go to college, to own our homes, and have better lives.

This country owes a great deal to my grandmother and people like her, who sacrificed their bodies to work hard and long hours to make better lives for those they served and for future generations.

Sojourners, let’s not get it twisted.  Let’s be clear of those of whom we should honor and show our gratitude.

Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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