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There’s No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

As a firm believer in the whole “there’s no such thing as a stupid question” theory, I am incredibly intrigued by Ask a Stupid Question Day. Yes folks… Ask a Stupid Question Day.

Now, the marketing and writing gurus suggest that nonprofits take this day as an opportunity to share more about their organizations, maybe dispel some myths. I decided to courageously embrace my vulnerability. I would open myself up to questions. I took to Facebook and, in response to the query of what was on my mind, I posted the status,

“If people could ask me any “stupid” question, what would they ask?”

With the personal challenge to answer any question asked, I waited for responses. Here’s the thing…. Maybe my friends only have smart questions? Maybe it seemed like a stupid question? Maybe they never look at my posts? In short (literally), I got two questions. Here it goes.

Question 1: Why aren’t you dating Shemar Moore? Thank you to my great friends and sweet little sister from Mount Holyoke College. This is not a stupid question at all. It’s an excellent question. He’s talented and working. That’s helpful. He and I share the whole mixed thing (Caucasian mother and African American father for him, Caucasian mother and Nigerian father for me). He’s completely age appropriate since he’s clocking in at 43. He’s an Aries, which I think can be well-matched with my Gemini. I’m not a needy woman, so we could do the distance thing if he had to be on location somewhere other than Doylestown, Pennsylvania and I’m sure he’s a good enough actor to pretend he’s interested in what I did all day. I like a thoughtful man and, if you look closely at the picture, he’s clearly a thinker. Now that I’m more carefully considering it, we’d be a perfect match. Maybe he doesn’t have my number? If anyone out there knows Shemar Moore, let him know that he and I are supposed to be together.

Question 2: Why are you not eating dinner with me today? This is another excellent question. It came from my dear cousin Annette and I would love to have dinner with her. She’s fun, we enjoy each other’s company, and she’s got adorable little kids. We can go years without seeing each other, but fall right back into place. In truth, I didn’t get a formal invite for dinner, but Annette is absolutely the type that would welcome me in if I just showed up unexpectedly. I guess the only answer I have for my dear cousin Annette is – because you are in Sweden.

Phew – Ask a Stupid Question Day was easier than I thought. I’m glad I was courageous enough to take it on. Vulnerability courageously embraced. Questions answered.

IF YOU COULD ASK ME A STUPID QUESTION, WHAT WOULD YOU ASK?

Courage: A Woman’s Place acts bravely and boldly, notwithstanding fear.*
*excerpt from the
Values Statement of A Woman’s Place

Ifeoma U. Aduba
Executive Director

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