Tonight's post is about the miraculous people all around us and was
written by our Gainesville and Lawrenceville family law attorney,
Jennifer Thuy-Tien McCall.
Last Tuesday night, I stood in a hallway, the first in a line of 16 women
and one little girl, and breathed out slowly while counting, trying not
to panic. I can speak in front of a judge or jury any day and I delivered
the commencement speech at my law school graduation, but the thought of
walking down the runway in a country club ballroom packed with women was
nearly too much for me.
How in the world did this 5'2" woman get selected as a model in
a fashion show? I am honored to say that I was selected as a community
hero in an annual event hosted by a local nonprofit organization, WomenSource,
Inc. I am also proud to say that my firm, The Manely Firm, P.C., helped
to sponsor the event.
Being a part of this program was life-changing. I had tea one day and then
dinner another day with the most amazing group of women.
One woman brought Family Promise to my hometown. I volunteer with the program
often and it was an honor to be in close conversation with the woman who
works in our community to house and feed the homeless.
The directors of My Sister's Place, a women's homeless shelter,
and Habitat for Humanity were also among the group. The first female officer
for Hall County Fire Services and a woman sportscaster, women who are
excelling in male-dominated fields, were also models.
Georgia's number one Assistant District Attorney, a woman who started
the first bilingual newspaper in Hall County, an oncology nurse, leaders
from local universities, cancer survivors, and a woman who donated a pet
park to the local hospital were all being honored as well. A woman who
started a cancer support group took my hand and told me that she had been
blessed by cancer.
I laughed and cried a lot while spending time with these amazing women.
The best part, and the part that caused me to shed the most tears, was
when a sweet little seven-year-old girl with cancer left her wheelchair
and WALKED the runway with her amazing mother.
I was selected because, although I became pregnant at fifteen, with the
help of my wonderful family I was able to still succeed in life. I went
from a pregnant teen mom to
president of my law school to successful family law attorney. I believe that what is appealing about
my story is that it shows that you can overcome difficult circumstances,
that it is not our situations that define us, but our ability to overcome them.
So here's to the wonderful women with whom I was so fortunate to spend
quality time, the Heroes of Gainesville, Hall County!
Jennifer Thuy-Tien McCall