I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.

girl and mirrors

Don't let your mouth start nothing that your ass can't stand

“Don’t talk to me about how much you gave me, Big Mamma, and how much I owe you or none of that.”

“Oh? I ain’t supposed to mention it?”

“OK. Mention it.” Sula shrugged and turned over on her stomach, her buttocks toward Eva.

“You ain’t been in this house ten seconds and already you starting something.”

“Takes two, Big Mamma.”

“Well, don’t let your mouth start nothing that your ass can’t stand. When you gone to get married? You need to have some babies. It’ll settle you.”

I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.

“Selfish. Ain’t no woman got no business floatin’ around with no man.”

“You did.”

“Not by choice.”

“Mamma did.”

“Not by choice, I said. It ain’t right for you to want to stay off by yourself. You need…

by Toni Morrison (born February 18, 1931)
from Sula (1974)
1937
image – i dont make art anymore

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2 Responses to “I don’t want to make somebody else. I want to make myself.”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    GREAT dialogue, brilliant choice of image…. the small and big mirrors that are held up …. lovely blend of the metaphoric and down-to-earth reality!

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    I felt blessed to have found the image. Later on tonight I will write her a thank you note. 🙂

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