This morning Knopf confirmed that Toni Morrison had passed away at the age of 88. It goes without saying that she was an amazing writer. She was so smart and talented, and the characters she crafted will live with me forever.
I was 21 years old when I first read The Bluest Eye. Morrison broke my heart a million times within that story, as she explored motherhood, racism, colorism, love, family, and trauma. I saw so many of my own struggles reflected in the story of Pecola Breedlove, a hurt little girl who just wanted to be loved. I remember wanting so desperately for that book to have a happy ending, for everything to wrapped up in a nice little bow. But Ms. Morrison gave me an ending that haunted me for days, it was a bittersweet.
After having my heart ripped out, I knew I had to read more of her books. Ms. Morrison wrote stories that needed to be told, that made you feel uncomfortable, and had the power to haunt you, long after you’d closed the book. It was through these stories and the amazing characters that she crafted, that I was able to learn a lot about myself and the life that I want to live, and the lessons I want to pass on to my own children one day.
She was on of the greats, and to say I will miss her, is an understatement. I take great comfort in knowing that her stories and words will continue to live on. Thank you for everything, Ms. Morrison.