As a pastor's child, wearing the color red was discouraged.
That meant, no red lipstick; no red nail polish; and no red dresses. For whatever reason, red was seen as sinful and devilish, too grown and sexy.
I am Daniella McLaughlin. As a child, I grew up taking care of my teeth and my parents taking me to routine dental appointments. During my teenage years, I was teased for wearing braces, but I longed to have a beautiful, bright smile.
Growing up, we always had Sunday dinner,
Gathered at a house or in our own home.
We went to barbecues, celebrated with friends and family,
Never feeling alone, always happy to see loved ones.
But I realized there’s a family missing,
Not always around, and it breaks my heart.
Not intentionally isolating myself,
I am the single mom, the youngest, the church friend, the caretaker.