My mom throws shade

One more thing about the teaching award.

Five years ago, I was invited to speak at the ZTA academic achievement banquet at UNC. Several of my students were Zetas — and both of my daughters — and I was honored to speak to the sorority.

I mentioned it to my mother during a phone call.

Me: “I’m going to speak to a sorority’s academic achievement banquet tonight.”

Her: “An academic achievement banquet?”

Me: “Yes, ma’am.”

Her: “You?”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Her: “I never thought I’d live long enough to hear your name and ‘academic achievement’ in the same sentence.”


I was a B-minus student in a family of straight A students. She was being funny in that “you’re-not-in-school-now-so-we-can-joke-about-it” kind of way. Yeah, I showed you, Mom!