Each day as they grow, we, as parents are faced with various decisions, some big, others small. Throughout my son’s years of taking the bus to and from school, he seldom had to do so without one of his sisters and or cousins. A few weeks ago, upon realizing that he now had to take the bus daily by himself in the mornings caused some adjustments for him. I remember him asking me to take him to school. After ensuring there were no other issues ( on the bus or at school) and realizing he was just having a little difficulty adjusting, I told him no. Tears filled both our eyes.
We live in a society where many of our men are unaware of exactly how to properly interact and care for a woman. I love my son. I will continue to teach him how to treat a woman, with equity, respect and honesty. To support her dreams. To give her the time she needs and desires. To communicate with her openly and to not shut her out. To show her not with only words, which will become empty words if not backed up by action, but to let his words reflect his actions and vise versa. To always treat her like the queen she is and never a second class woman. To love her fully, no left over, back-burner, second class love.
It’s Black History Month
Be a positive part of our future black history. Whose history are you creating?
While we celebrate the strong Black women and men that paved the way, let us continue to build a positive future history beginning with ourselves. What history will you leave behind?
Would the positive intellectuals who spoke up for our freedom and rights be happy with the black woman or man you are currently? There is no time like the present. Pay homage by being a woman or man they fought for us to be.
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Very precious memories: The day I graduated from basic school (pre-school) on the left in Kingston, Jamaica . I received a copy of the story book, Little Red Riding Hood for being one of the top students with my graduation certificate. The day I graduated from grad school on the right in California, USA . I received a Phi Alpha Honor Society Cord and Medal for my GPA with my MSW degree. I remember both days very clearly. From humble beginnings. I was created to succeed. Never give up on your purpose in life.
I look back at my life and I am in awe. I spent the early years of my life living in what is known as a ghetto. It was far from the easiest of life and I understood early what it meant to be surrounded by hopelessness. What it felt like to be judged on where one resides. Classism at its finest. What it meant to be fearful of being robbed, raped or killed.