Rodneyse Bichotte's Inauguration
"I wonder what's her story?" I said to my husband. Everyone has a story...something that they have gone through which either propels them to do great things or sinks them into a dark world in which they never can rise from. Although I have met Rodneyse several time in different places, I've never spoke to her in depth. So, I have wondered about her story. This past Sunday I finally learned what that story was...and it is compelling.
When Rodneyse Bichotte was 10 years old, she was hit by a car near her house in Brooklyn. This particular corner was very dangerous because it had no traffic light. Many people lost their lives or had gotten hurt on that corner but GOD had a plan for Rodneyse. Rodneys was hit by a car, broke her leg and was home for 6 months recovering. For years there was no traffic light at the intersection where she had her accident. After coming back from her higher education studies, and seeing that there still was no traffic light at the intersection, Rodneyse decided something needed to be done. She decided SHE was going to be the person to do it. And she did!
Never think for one second that someone isn't watching you from afar. Like I said, I've only shared a few pleasantries with Rodneyse but I have observed some great qualities about her. First, she constantly has a smile on her face which automatically endears her to you and makes her approachable. I think as a politician, being approachable is a great quality. I also observed that she is patient. Whether she is talking to people or performing a duty, Rodneyse takes her time connecting with whom she comes in contact. So much so, that she spent 45 minutes at her inauguration just thanking people who helped her get to her position. Rodneyse told the audience that this could be her one chance to thank these people publicly and she was determined to do it. She said that people need to know that you appreciate them...I whole heartedly agree.
The inauguration was great! There were many elected officials there, lots of family, friends, and good ole Brooklynites coming to see a native daughter being inaugurated. Moving prayers, powerful speeches, and amazing performances. Everyone had nothing but great things to say about Rodneyse. It was poignant that her inauguration was on the eve of the observance of Martin Luther King Day!
Of all the things said and done at the inauguration...one moment stood out to me the most. In a video that was shown, there was picture of Rodneyse with a cast on her leg and a young woman standing next to her. I wondered who that woman was who clearly is not her mother. In her speech, she stopped to thank her cousin (who was in the audience) whom she said took care of her the 6 months while she was healing. At one point she stopped and was emotional. Rodneyse said that her cousin, during those 6 months, made her feel beautiful, read to her, and told her that she was going to be ok. It was a very moving moment!
After the inauguration, there was a very huge reception with lots of yummy caribbean food. I was happy to have supported such an intelligent, beautiful, hard working woman! Not only that, but I got to share that time of celebration with my cousin Margarette Tropnas (a huge Rodneyse supporter), sister Ariel Meteyer, Miss Teen Haiti 2014, and her mom Karine.