Irma Mae Rodgers Walker, a family matriarch, is a talented and optimistic unlicensed counselor. Walker offers readers advice about teenage pregnancy, parenting, marriage, relationships, and happiness based on her life lived experiences.
Walker’s parents Woodrow and Lucille Rogers migrated from rural Mississippi to the city when Irma was a baby. Though Mr. Woodrow had a fulltime job as a custodian at the VA Hospital, the family was poor and marginalized. Walker’s parents split up when she was very young; she and her 14 siblings were raised by a single mother in Jackson, Mississippi. To her credit, Ms. Lucille instilled pride, honesty, and religion in her children.
The Rodgers learned how to make lemonade from the lemons in their lives. The children improvised to produce entertainment and laughter. If other girls in the neighborhood had paper dolls, Irma and her sisters studied the design and made imitations. Her brothers gathered scraps and made go-cars and swings.
By 1972 Irma became a teenager mother. Irma’s parents and family were disappointed. They envisioned Irma being the first in their family to attend college which they saw as a path to advance in society. Life was not a bed of beautiful roses; but Walker found her way and has inspired others.
Mother Wit is a testament of the value of a mother’s astute faculties. Ms. Walker is wise. Read her book.
By Meredith Coleman McGee
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