Some families deal with death in great numbers that come crashing down one immediately after the next, but I haven’t had to deal with it too many times in my life. Actually I would say I’ve only had two deaths in my lifetime that have literally knocked the wind out of me and left me feeling like I didn’t know if I was coming or going. When death does come knocking around me, it seems to come for the people I love most and with whom I share the closest bond. The first being the loss of Delvin in 2002 when I was only 13, which many of you know about considering I have talked about him so much since then. Just as unexpected as that one was, the passing of my grandma was just as shocking and even more impactful. She was truly my best friend and confidante. I could tell her any and everything and she never once judged me in my life; she was always beyond proud of me even during my mess ups. From my childhood to adulthood, we were as thick as thieves and she had a bond with Trey that was just as strong as ours.
Today’s post for the 30 day blogging challenge is supposed to be about my relationship with my parents which used to be a really sensitive subject for me, but is now something I can boast about. Most people know that I was raised by my grandparents and up until my twenties, I somewhat resented my parents for that. My four best friends all lived in homes with both of their parents and here I was with neither of mine. The dynamics of my home life really got to me throughout my middle and high school years. It seemed like the older I got, the more I craved an explanation for why things were the way there were; as a result, I rebelled. However if you look at how we interact today, you’d never be able to tell we had any issues at all.
What in the entire hell?? Where did the time go? It’s been a whole 12 years to the date since I lost the most important person I’ve ever lost in life. To think that I was a mere 13 year old girl at the time really weighs heavily on my heart. Not just because I experienced so much pain at such an early age, but because pretty soon I’ll have doubled in age since that tragic day. That completely scares me like no other.
I absolutely adore Mashonda and Swizz Beatz’s son Kasseem! He is crazy artistic and creative like his father, and I love the relationship that he has with his mom. You can tell she spends a lot of time feeding his brain and helping him keep his creative juices flowing. Mashonda is a HUGE inspiration to me! Despite however she may have acted initially during her divorce, she always put her son first and I respect that so much. I can relate very well to what it’s like having a son who has a passion in a specific area, and it’s important that parents encourage their kids to shoot for their dreams.
Kasseem has launched his own website for kids called Kasseem’s Dream where he posts all things he loves. I checked it out and he shares he love for the arts, what he finds inspiring right now, and GREAT ideas for kid activities over the holidays. In the pic above, he created a turkey fruit platter and gives the scoop on how to make your own on his website. I think this is the cutest little site, and I respect his parents so much for helping him find an outlet for all of his creativity. I will definitely be checking out the site for fun things to do with Trey and visiting the site with him regularly! You can check it out for yourself by clicking the link above… I’m inspired!!
Happy Monday bosses and boss chics!! I hope everyone had a great weekend despite the major power outage in my local area and other areas as well. We were out of power for almost 24 hours (and some STILL are) during the hottest weekend of the year thus far. Can we say in the way? Lucky for me, I missed most of the power outage because I stayed in Greensboro on Friday night after taking my little cousin and her friend to Superjam.
On Saturday I took my son Trey to the Asheboro Zoo and we had so much fun! Everybody kept telling me how this was going to be one of the hottest days of the year, but since I work on weekends I would not have been able to take him any other day in the near future. I am not an outdoors person at all, but seeing the smile on Trey’s face as we were visiting the animal exhibits was worth every sweat bead and sore muscle.
I must say that I have slacked tremendously this month with the BCF but I will get better with the New Year! I planned to put out a lot of blogs this week, but unfortunately Trey caught a stomach bug on Monday then passed it to me yesterday. So I haven't really had much time or energy to do anything.