"My Words Have Power"

The Dreadlock Verdict

by:Nicole Kim Phillips

The door closed; he was on his way out to work, so I hurried to the window, placing one knee on the Reading Chaise, peering out, being very careful not to open the curtains too much.  Seeing him in his button up and slacks made me wish I had been awake to help him fix his tie.  No need dwelling on what didn't happen on this beautiful morning is what I said out loud.  Then, I got right to brushing my hair.  My routine?  One hundred strokes, all the way around my head, but I often lost count in the mist of my daydreams.  When that happened, tolerance and what was on my agenda, is the marker I used, to determine how long I would be brushing my mane.  Brushing my hair was a habit I did not want to break; it was something I use to do growing up in Mama's House.  After I took my shower and a selfie in the mirror, wrapped in a white towel, I pulled my Pink Pants Suit out of the closet and laid it on my bed.  Loving thoughts of Shawn on top of me, asking me questions, flooded through my mind, but I told myself to let it go.  Now was not the time to get wrapped up in fantasy daydreams.  I had to get to the office.  Traffic was heavier than usual, and I became a little anxious in the long line of cars with engines roaring.  

Thinking of that big stack of paperwork on my desk, the computer work I had to finish, and the follow up calls I had to make, was on replay in my head.  Finishing up was important, if I wanted to keep building my client list, so I was focused on what I had to get done, until I heard a beeping sound, alerting me traffic was moving ahead.  My modern car had all the bells and whistles.  I could even control it, like a video game console, from the key fob.   Before I pulled into the car garage, I could see loads of people outside with signs, pacing back and forward.  I did not realize how much sharing the Dreadlock Verdict would change things in the state of Alabama, but it did.  I was trying to figure out how I would respond, if the News Reporters asked me questions.  The excitement of the crowd of opposing sides, made me realize the importance of what my Political Science Professor, Mike Haridopolos, said, "opposing sides makes up politics" The media often plays the video takes over and over, of Lobbyist, holding up signs to rally for/against causes, affecting lawmaking.  Without giving it a second thought,  in sharing the Dreadlock Verdict, I had also managed to make a meaningful impact, by using my...

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