It’s seems that the closer it has gotten to the release of Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming,” the further away its debut seemed. It is probably just that I am ultra excited to read it. I’m not expecting any juicy revelations nor am I looking to hear about events I already know about.
What I am expecting to hear and learn about is how she reacted to some of the most demanding experiences any former First Lady of the United States has faced. To what degree did she shrug things off or really buried/internalized hurt feelings in order to forge ahead with her duties?
I am mostly interested in learning about the influences that allowed her to become the woman that she is — what manner of woman could withstand the extra scrutiny assigned to an African American First Lady? What manner of woman could still remain poised in the midst of extreme criticism and name calling?
Maybe I am looking for the validation that shows that my upbringing is very similar to Mrs. Obama. Maybe just maybe she is the mirror that reflects who I really am. Yeah, that is why I want to read this memoir.