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My daughter pulled a Rosa Parks in the school bus

Updated on December 2, 2012

10 years old and what a temper!

This hub is about my ten year old daughter Alaiyah. It is also about Mrs. Rosa Parks.

My daughter Alaiyah has quite a temper. At first I admired her strong willed spirit and how she is able to express herself without even speaking. But when I'm the target I have to put my foot down.

She's good at it especially in the mornings. One morning I knocked on her door as I'm waking her up... She goes: "Is it necessary that you knock on the door?" For less than that my mother would slap me silly. My answer? "If you'd respond to my voice I wouldn't have to bother knocking," I feel that as long as she is aware I have the upper hand, I'll survive.

Some other morning she was in the bathroom in the middle of her beauty routine (no kidding) when she stepped out real quick to her room. Her eight year old brother, who had been patiently crunching his legs holding the morning piss, went in the bathroom real quick. This girl had the bolas of having her brother get out of the bathroom, like how dare he...? I'm listening from the kitchen... quick mommy intervention. Oh my goodness! I don't know what was more unbelievable, the fact that she had him stepped out of the bathroom, or the humility of my younger son of actually conforming to her demands.

Some other time she actually accused me of ruining her beauty sleep, so you get the picture. Please include my right hand in your prayers, for all the times it trembles willing to cross her face. Oh, praise ye! That time could be coming a lot sooner than the Apocalypse and the new United States budget!

My beautiful daughter Alaiyah while hanging out in gorgeous Culebra island. Hey! great topic for a next Hub!
My beautiful daughter Alaiyah while hanging out in gorgeous Culebra island. Hey! great topic for a next Hub! | Source

Who dare touched her hair?

One afternoon, I went to pick her up at the school bus stop and she got in the van handling me her hair rubber band.

"What happened?" I asked her. Is difficult to get a story out of my daughter, I have to go like: "Alaiyah... talk to me..." She starts relating how this other girl from her school told her to scoot and she didn't, so the girl snatched the band from her hair.

"And what did you do, Alaiyah?"


"Nothing? What do you mean nothing? What did you do after she pulled the rubber band from your hair? Did you scoot?"

-No, I did not scoot.

"Did you hit her?"


"What did she do?"

-She handed me the rubber band and sat in some other place.

It is still difficult for me to picture the scene. I just could not see myself sitting down, looking at my aggressor, without leaving my place at least to get a hold of that hair. My daughter did not blink and didn't leave her place. Alaiyah's take was that "she's not the boss of me so I don't have to do what she says".

You sure don't sweetie... I felt so proud of my daughter, really. She did not start a fight, but won one.

Some history is worth repeating: Mrs. Rosa Parks

I felt so proud of my daughter I started relating to her how her story reminded me so much that of Mrs. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) back in 1955, some time before Affirmative Action.

So she didn't know who Rosa Parks was, at least she knew who Martin Luther King Jr. was.

You can research Rosa Parks elsewhere, really... click around, especially here. I'll go as far as to relate that Mrs. Parks resembled in turn Gandhi (1869-1948) attitude in regards to rebellion, his no-violence stand, which reverend Martin Luther King Jr. followed.

It was a woman, Mrs. Parks, with this simple act who ignited the Negro Civil Rights movement. I truly hope no one in here minds the term 'negro'.

Please, Crazygata, I do not want to click around... Who in heaven was Rosa Parks and what did she do?

Since you asked so nicely, as stated before, Mrs. Parks was born in 1913, so by 1955, she was a strong 42 years of age. (I know because I'm 44 today, and yes, we still grow strong!) She lived during the segregation era of the United States southern states, which were suppose to be benefiting from the victory of former Civil War (1861-1865, but more on that in some other hub). I just wish to state right now that no side ever won the Civil War, for issues like segregation, racism and minimal wage (which is a direct descendant of slavery) are yet to be resolved and will ever be successfully addressed.

Rosa Parks ignited the Civil Rights movement, not MLK

So, segregation. If negros wanted to enjoy public transportation, they had to go in the bus through the front, pay the fare, get out of the bus, and climb back in the bus through the back door. Sounds ridiculous? That's the democratic United States of America. Public bathrooms were marked as 'white' and 'colored'... of course, negro (or black) was, and still is, interpreted as a pejorative term. 'Colored' is better, like white is not a color...

Public buses had a white line in the middle of them, to indicate, separate, segregate, blacks from whites. Get the picture? If you are white, you get to pay the fare and keep walking, if you are black, you pay the fare get out of the bus and climb back through the exit door. If you are white, you seat in the first seats, before the line; if you are black you seat behind the line.

Oh, one other thing, if white persons needed your seat, you were asked to give your place up. If you didn't, the driver could call the police on you, and have you removed from the bus. No, they won't reimburse your fare.

On the first day of December 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks got on a public bus, tired from a busy day at work. She worked at a department store in Montgomery Alabama. She sat in one of the seats designed for colored people right after the designated line.

The bus filled up, and she was asked to give up her seat. She refused. Long story short, she stated that it wasn't that she was physically tired, but "tired of giving in". She was handcuffed, sent to jail, trialed in court, and found guilty of violating Chapter 6, section 11 of the Montgomery City code.

This act of her prompted the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 382 days, described by scholars as one of the most "successful mass movements against racial segregation in history." It also enthused the election of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as leader of such movement.

So it was really a woman who ignited the Civil Rights movement in the southern states of the United States of America. Like my daughter started a movement of her own by her own wit.


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    • LongTimeMother profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      You must be an awesome mother. I can tell by reading your stories about you and your children.

      Voted up. I'm off to follow you so I don't miss any future hubs. lol

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      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you prektjr.dc :) I've been by your hubs and I have to say I am so happy to meet someone I feel I have so much in common with. Hola in Puerto Rico means "Hello" so...

      HOLA! ;)

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      Debbie Carey 

      7 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      SO proud of your daughter! Good for her!! I love the comparison of the two ladies...I agreee Rosa Parks was the true spark behind the movement! Good hub...voted up and interesting!

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      :) Thank you for following as well!!!

      I read to my daughter all the comments in here and, as you could imagine, she's humbled by them. (:

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Fabulous Hub. I love the parallels you drew between your daughter's experience and Rosa's. We've all got that in us: stand up for what is right and do it through non-violence. I admire your daughter, and you, so much. Voted up and awesome. And TY for following me, or perhaps I never would have found this Hub.

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      There is nothing wrong with having a strong will as long as it is channeled positively. She done good. I love the story of Rosa Parks. A courageous woman we could all stand to emulate. Thanks for sharing.

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you Bella and Seeker!!! I told my daughter this morning of the article, her eyes wide open. I´m printing it out today, maybe she'll find extra courage to take it to her teacher...

      Why! maybe mommy will! hehehe!!! Thanks!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi, I'm from Scotland and it's the first time I've heard of this wonderful woman - Mrs Rosa Parks. If it wasn't for courage and determination from people like this lady, many parts of the world would still be in darkness and ignorance. She seems like the female equivalent of Nelson Mandela - one of the few people on this planet that I genuinely admire and respect.

      Great hub and I think your daughter definately has some of the Mrs Rosa Parks spirit - good for her!!! Voted up!

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Wow, Good Job Alaiyah! Children now days are very opinionated and strond minded. They are like sponges and soak in all they see hear and see. I have three children of my own and witness each and every character. Rosa Parks story is incredible and wonderful and inspirational. Great scribe here Gata. Meow!!!!

      smiles :)


    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      You know!!!! Gracias por comentar y Felicidades

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      7 years ago


    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      mirate a ti!!! el que te oye dice que es verdad!!! jajaja!!! gracias Radarlock y bienvenido!

      Welcome Radarlock!

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      7 years ago

      Me encanto. Tu hija tiene mucha suerte en tenerte como ejemplo y norte. Igual que yo la tengo con mi madre. Y tu debes sentirte orgullosa de tu nena aunque tenga muchas cosas de su mama...*Wink*wink "strong willed" jajajajaja....

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Guess that strong willed is a pre-requisite for life! :)

      thank you for your comment!

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      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      I too have a 10 year old daughter who is strong willed, so I can relate to your story. I feel proud of your daughter for not starting to fight, as most children would do. Mrs Rosa Parks was one fascinating woman. Great story and great moral.

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Ardie, Don Rodriguez :)

      and Hecky (welcome) THANK YOU very much for reading AND commenting!

      sure will keep you posted Hecky!

      spread the civil rights gospel! :) SHARE this link!

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      7 years ago

      Hey girl, nice story...i will surely follow u on this site...let me know by chotabook when you have new posts...

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      Don Rodriguez 

      7 years ago

      I love the parallelism of the two stories. I am so proud of your daughter for standing (er, sitting) up for her rights. Also CrazyGata, I really like your writing style. Great job on this article.

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      7 years ago from Neverland

      GO Alaiyah!!!

    • CrazyGata profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      :) Thank you!

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      shea duane 

      7 years ago from new jersey

      What a great story. I'm proud of your daughter, too. And great reference to Rosa Parks. Good hub.


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