Monday, April 22, 2013

The Help Sheryl Speak Loud and Far Movement

In “The Skerrit,” a story in The Talking Palm, little Sheryl thinks she is going to die in a house in the ocean. She thinks she deserves such cruel punishment for her truancy. She also believes that no one, not even her mother, can rescue her from the tragedy that awaits her. So she stands alone, scared, powerless and silent before a powerful adult her culture has led her to believe has the absolute right to hurt her. 
Like Sheryl, thousands of girls around the world are led to believe that they deserve to be ill treated, dream-deprived, uneducated and silenced. Let us reverse that legacy for the silenced girls of the world by helping Sheryl speak loud and far. Make her voice reach at least one million people. We can do it. Together. With your help, Sheryl will no longer face the world alone. With your support, Sheryl’s voice will be heard. 
You broadcast Sheryl’s voice when you tell 5 people or more to get The Talking Palm :How the childhood storms of a young woman’s life remained hidden until a palm fruit started talking at 
Then tell each of the five or more to tell 5 others and so on.
On behalf of the once silenced Sheryls of the world, I thank you.

Esther Jno-Charles

Monday, April 1, 2013

To Take or Not to Take the Biscuit

     Fourteen-year old Sheryl loves Shirley Biscuits. Twenty-five year old Sam knows that. Sheryl also knows that Sam does not like her family. One night, Sheryl rushes to her neighbor's store to buy some last-minute groceries. There, she encounters Sam, the shopkeeper's cousin. He is alone.
     Before Sheryl can even ask for what she wants, Sam throws her a dangerous proposal: he will give her a free packet of Shirley Biscuit in exchange for sex. Suddenly, the teenager is confronted with a dilemma: should she or should she not take the thing she loves?
     What do you think Sheryl does? What do you think of Sam? Are there moral problems immediately apparent in Sam's proposal? Do teenagers ask their peers to make such choices regularly, daily? Do adults ask adults to compromise their moral values for material gains? Have you ever faced such a dilemma? How did you deal with it?
     Read The Biscuit, a story in my autobiographical book The Talking Palm: to see how Sheryl resolves that crisis. Tell teenagers and mothers about it. Strike a conversation with them about the dilemma the story poses. Who knows? Your telling could change a teenager's life, for good. 
     Have fun.
     Thank you

Esther Jno-Charles