Have you read the Delany Sisters’ books? If I had money for just a single book, it would be:

  Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years  by Sarah & A. Elizabeth Delany

The Delany Sisters were more than unusual for their times. Sarah (Sadie), born September 19, 1889, earned a master’s degree in education and became a home economics teacher, while her baby sister, Elizabeth (Bessie), arrived on September 3, 1891, and became a dentist. Not only were they rare in their fields because of being women at a time when their attempts at education weren’t encouraged, they were black women born in the South. Moving to New York, the two women lived together for over one hundred years. Neither one of them ever married.

The book is full of humor and poignant scenes from their first 100  years of life together. The sisters felt that at their ages, they could say what they wanted, and they did just that.

“The first thing I would do if I was president would be to say that people over one hundred years of age no longer have to pay taxes! Lord knows I’ve already paid my share.”   – Bessie

“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.”  -Sadie

I couldn’t get enough of these two admirable women, so I purchased The Delany Sisters’ Book of Everyday Wisdom.

And, of course, I bought the final book On My Own at 107: Reflections of Life Without Bessie.

“As soon as you left us, Bessie, folks started asking me “What are you going to do now?” I didn’t even hesitate. I said, “I’m going to get to work – on another book!”  – Sadie

Bessie passed away in 1995 at 103 years of age. Sadie lived another six years, dying in 1999 at the age of 109. These two spirited women lived full lives no matter what they encountered.

Have you read the Delany Sisters’ books?

If you are interested in buying the books, they are available at Amazon.com.

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