Be the buffalo.
Sandra first heard
Cherokee life lesson from her oldest brother just a year before
murder. On a bicycle trip from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C.,
her to pay attention to the buffalo she would encounter along the
there’s a storm, cows and other
animals run away from it,” he said. “But,
buffalo charges directly toward the storm and gets through it
Little did Sandra know that only one year later this life lesson would be so tragically significant to her life. After her mom was murdered, Sandra was overcome by grief and used dubious ways to deal with the pain, thinking she could outrun it. When Sandra finally hit rock bottom, she realized the importance of her family’s vow. She wants to help fulfill that vow and because of her nephew Lorenzo, she has to do it now.She also wants to create a new legacy for her mother, one that truly represents her mother’s life. Her mother wasn’t just a victim despite being victimized—she was more than that.
Sandra has to “be the buffalo” to fulfill these goals. She has to charge directly towards the family’s disease, in search of answers to the difficult question, “How do you end domestic violence?”