By TeMeka C. Williams
I just watched Maid on Netflix. It is well worth the time investment when you are in the mood for something that resembles reality with hope mixed in to keep you going. It even l inspired to write and use my voice in spite of feeling like I need to share differently in this daunting social media dominated world we live in. And as a person who is blogging – albeit inconsistently – that is significant and telling statement. It also points to the impact of the story and its authors from a film and written standpoint. Yet, the overarching theme in Maid about overcoming her domestic violence situation relevant, there is also the theme of finding your voice and writing your own story. We can overcome adversity and today’s pandemic puts a modern twist to this general idea. Even if we are binging on Netflix we can find inspiration in the stories being told to us and this lead me to do a little digger seeping after watching the series.
This lead me to discover this article: I Left Poverty After Writing Maid by the author of the book that Netflix series tapped into. It touched me for a few personal reasons. The Time article takes the relativity of the series a step further by also discussing the transition in her situation from poverty to success. Anyone who has experienced both can most likely relate. Also, money comes and goes as any one with an entrepreneurial spirit can easily tell you. The simple truth she mentions about how to help at the end of the article specifically touched me because it’s that moment so many of us have been through but don’t want to talk about or admit whether it was while in college, grad school, part of childhood, or becoming a single parent most likely not by choice. I always think: “I hope some day I can help people the same way people helped me when I was at my lowest.” There is so much truth in her closing quote below.
“When people ask me how to help, I tell them to ask people what they need. I’m betting the answers are things like tampons and diapers and $10 for gas, because life is so small and short-sighted when you’re that hungry that you can’t demand affordable housing and a living wage. That’s for all of us who have means to fight for.”
-All of us who have means to fight for – that’s everyone, right? The pandemic forced us all to consider how we socialize, connect, and communicate. We still need to share and connect especially the single parents if I had to choose a specific group. To me this group most especially has something to fight for that I can relate to me and also fits the focus of LITE.