"Parents need to be teaching their children about sex. Whenever I get a chance, I tell young girls not to get pregnant. There are worse things that can happen, but having babies too early can stunt your life. You need to get your education and be able to support yourself, whatever happens. Sometimes girls think that if they have a baby by this boy, that he'll stay with them, but he won't; he's done with you then. He's used you, and now he's on to somebody else. Get your education and wait to have children. If you don't, then even if you're grown and married, what happens if your husband leaves you or dies? Then what are you going to do?
"I'm so thankful my grandmama was there for me during those early years. She taught me so much. She always said, 'Do things right the first time so you won't have to go back and do them again.' She taught me how to clean and how to cook. I still remember being in the kitchen with her when I was just a little girl, watching her mix up the biscuit dough. I loved how the dough would go through her fingers and how she cut the biscuits out with a salmon can. She was a beautiful lady, and I was close to her all my life."