Migraine Awareness Month #28

Subtitle:  “Lights, Camera, Action!”
Pick a movie character you can identify with.  Talk a bit about them and why you identify with them.

My heroine is Skeeter from The Help as played by Emma Stone.  I love this character mostly because I admire her fearlessness, perseverance, risk-taking and sheer pluckiness in the face of segregation and prejudice based on skin color in the early 60’s South.  Like Skeeter, I have an affinity for all people.  I am an empathizer.  I feel strongly about equality.  I believe we all have stories to tell, and that one human being is no more or less worthy than another (dangerous criminals excepted).

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For those of you not familiar with the book or movie, The Help written by Kathryn Stockett, Skeeter is a young college graduate from a well-to-do Southern home.  She was raised with the help of her adored African American maid, Constantine.  Skeeter is expected to become a wife and mother, attending priveleged whites-only country clubs and sorority-like bridge groups.  Instead, she becomes the catalyst who puts together a book told through the stories of local maids.  With their trust in Skeeter, the maids open up about the ways they’ve been segregated and debased in the homes they work in.  One horrible injustice is that they are required to use an outdoor toilet so as not to spread diseases to the white people who employ them.

Skeeter reminds me of who I was at her age.  My eyes started opening wider to the world and how people were treated based on their differences to the “white norm”.  I was a sociology major and wrote a graded A essay on the horrors experienced by Native Americans at the hands of white men based on the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

Skeeter is a plucky character who risks much in her conviction to expose the ugly truth.  She does this because she sees people for who they are not to be defined by what color they are.  If I could channel some Skeeter and take up the torch to fight for Migraneurs, that’d be awesome.  Maybe by sharing our posts with each other as well as the Migraine community, we are all representing Skeeter in a smaller but significant way.  Afterall, we are more than just our Migraines.  We are people first.

Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation

The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by http://www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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