It could’ve been worse…Just ask Celie

I found myself for some reason randomly thinking about the novel and film adaptation of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple”. 156_tmp1301027241-58

You know how some people want so hard for you believe that they have had a super hard life?  Or sometimes you might  find yourself thinking about how bad you’ve had it; and when I have those moments I think of Celie Harris’ life in ‘The Color Purple”, and I instantly start to think “it could’ve been worse”.

And before you state the obvious, I am fully aware that Celie Harris is a fictional character based in a fictional world from the imagination of Alice Walker.

Here are ten reasons, Celie would probably tell you to have several seats if you had the audacity to complain to her how hard your life is…

  1. The man she thought was her daddy raped and impregnated her not once but twice.
  2. The man she thought was her daddy stole both her babies and sold them to complete strangers.
  3. She was “given” to a man who didn’t want to marry her, only because her sister had come of age for the man she thought was her daddy to rape and eventually impregnate.
  4. After walking miles to her new husbands home, she was brutally attacked by her new stepson with a big ass rock as he proclaimed “she ain’t my mammy!”.
  5. She was verbally and physically abused by her husband.
  6. Her husband allowed her sister to come live with them after she ran away from home, then threw her off his land after his plans of gettin’ some ass were thwarted by the sisters moral compass.
  7.  Her husbands whore/girlfriend verbally abused her then became her best-friend and lover than left her and came back married to some man.
  8. Watching your best-friend and lover reconcile with her estranged daddy and realizing your life ain’t shit because you have no idea where your sister and children are.
  9. The man she thought was her father died and left all his money (which included money that belonged to her mother) to his new wife  and probably would’ve left the house and the shop if it weren’t for the fact that the house and shop belonged to Celie’s real daddy and remained in his name after he was lynched and her mommy remarried and died.
  10. Her husband intercepted and hid letters for a cool decade from her sister.

The point of this post wasn’t to make you all feel bad for what you think are a bunch of bad circumstances that might in fact be worse than Celie Harris’ life, it was to actually talk about a great book and film. Never before in a book have I read a story so full of horrible shit happening to it’s main character. You want so badly for Celie to win, and at every turn until the end of the story more and more bad shit happens to her. Makes me wonder what type of mindset was the author in when she wrote the book, like damn give a sistah a break already.

But I’m sure if Celie was a real person she’d probably give you a “hoe sit down, your life ain’t that bad stare” if she heard you complaining about not having enough money to buy your dream car and house.

If you don’t know what The Color Purple is, I’d say first that’s sad and secondly you should really read the book and then sat yo ass down and prepare yourself for a good boo who session and watch the movie. Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, that’s all I’m going to say. It’s a beautifully made movie with an even more beautiful story centered around heartbreak and love and not in the traditional man/woman sense, because the main character’s love comes from the relationship she has with her sister. Which I can’t relate to (because I don’t have sisters) but I can imagine to be something so beautiful that in the words of Nettie “only death can keep me from it!”, if it were taken away. Grab you a box of tissue and read the book or watch the movie or re-watch the movie if you haven’t seen it in awhile.

If you’ve never read or seen it tell me what you thought of it in the comments section below.