BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
Not a dry eye existed
The smile of Brianna Smith-Pasker, slowly began to disappear, and was replaced with tears of gratitude, as she stood at a podium expressing her feelings for her stepmother, Crystal Bush.
“You make me feel wanted. I know what it feels like not to be wanted,” Brianna said.
As Brianna continued, her mom couldn’t hold back her tears. And as Ms. Bush wiped them off of her face, more would stream out her eyes, replacing the ones she wiped away.
“Since she’s been living with her father and me, she hasn’t been a problem. Her grades are excellent, and she’s such a good child. I just don’t understand how someone can’t love her,” said a sobbing Ms. Bush.
The opportunity to express so much love was due to the efforts of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., and sponsored by Promedica, when they held their Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr, on Saturday, April 23.
The luncheon is just one of many components of the Debutant Cotillion, which is in its 51first year. The Cotillion a lots the opportunity for young women, in their junior and senior years of high school, to learn various etiquettes, and skills from professional women. In addition, the young women learn how to Waltz, and at the end of May, the seniors, who are the debutantes, are officially introduced to the public, and graduate into womanhood. The juniors, debs in waiting, are presented when they become seniors.
Wilma Brown, chairperson of the Cotillion told The Toledo Journal that the luncheon is simply the opportunity for the daughters to express their love, and appreciation for their mothers, and present their mothers with a rose.
Ladanna Mullings expressed her love to her mother, Alecia Mullings. “My mom goes out of her way to help me and anyone who needs helps,” Ladanna said. “I know single parenting is hard, and I can be a handful, but I really love my mom,” she said.
While trying to wipe the tears away, Alecia Mullings responded by saying, “I know I can be hard on her, but I just want the best for Ladanna.”