A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick

By Denise Lewis Patrick

From the shorelines of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic send to a vote casting sales space in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is an issue of souls.

In this stirring selection of brief tales, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black women and men throughout centuries and continents. In each one, she takes the degree in their dignity, describes their desires, and catalogs their fears.

Brutality, attractiveness, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in every one tale, however the ultimate influence is of indomitable, luminous, and hooked up souls.

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For fathers, sons are more likely to become the carriers of the father's unfulfilled ambitions than daughters. Fathers are more likely to be concerned about their sons' achievements, their progress in the areas of motor development, cognition skills, and scholastic achievement. A son often has the mission of shoring up a father's doubts about his masculine self-image. This is why fathers become so anxious when they see signs of weakness, insecurity, and lack of drive in their sons. Such weaknesses seem to reflect, in an amplified and socially visible form, the father's insecurity about himself.

Her gait becomes more adult, with more certain steps. A toddler's feet are generally wide apart and tentative at times as she explores her world, but when she picks up her beloved toy, she becomes the adult she is imitating. Her gestures, her rhythms, her facial and vocal behavior could not have been taught to her. She has absorbed them by imitation, through her own experiences of being cuddled and carried and by identification with her mother or other mothering figures to whom she has been exposed.

A physician or nurse or friend who is an experienced mother will be accepted readily. An expectant mother often develops a strong transference to any supportive professional at this time. She yearns for understanding of her powerful emotions, for mothering as she prepares to be a mother. Professionals or family members who can accept this temporary dependency on the part of a mother without being overwhelmed will be helping to launch a stronger family. During this time, many women tend also to withdraw into themselves.

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