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The Yellow Brick Road to the House!!!

The generations before me taught me that you have to keep on walking even when you are fearful and tired.

Keep on walking in the middle of the storm Keep on walking even when you do not know which way you are going.

Keep on walking even when others are stepping on your feet, sitting on your back or have their hands covering your eyes.

You must keep on walking even when you cripple and blind by life’s pains. You may feel like you don’t have the strength to take one more step then you must…..crawl.

You have no choice, but to reach your destiny, but to achieve it you must keep on.

You will finally get to the right door. You will knock, and that door will open for you. Then and only then you can prop your feet and rest at least for a little while because you have work to do.

You will look back at the road you traveled in spite of how you were feeling and all that attempted to keep you there and smile. You will laugh because you realize that it wasn’t that bad after all. The pain you endured getting here only made you stronger, strengthen you for greatness.

The footsteps of our ancestors not only lead the way but they cleared the path as if they pulled weeds, chopped down trees and threw stones. As you can imagine their walk was done with bare feet and hands, pain throughout their bodies could not stop them from clearing the way for us.

They were determined to make sure we could find our way, have a better life, a greater future. Today we have smooth roads and cleared paths, because of their painful footsteps. We owe it to them to ensure that this path and road not only are kept, but we have to widen the way, extend the roads and be in a leadership position when negativity comes with its roadblocks.

We have the responsibility, not to our ancestors, but generations that follow behind us to ensure that these paths and roads are tended to like a prized garden. Or shall I say the “Yellow Brick Road” which was my kindergarten graduation theme song, actually my life theme song!

Most days I have to admit that it is hard to keep on pressing, to keep on singing happily as I follow the Yellow Brick Road and like Dorothy, my motivation comes by envisioning my grandmother. I can see her praying for us, I can hear her words of inspiration whisper into my soul, and I take a step.

With each waking, I have to bless my feet and walk in faith knowing that I that with each step I’m walking closer into my destiny which will enable me to create and leave a fantastic legacy.

Today we woke up to what the world has shown us that with each step, with each voice, and with each vote change will happen! And it’s only because of those that paved the way for us. It took for us to see all the political corruption, to see people suffer from witnessing injustices happening to pull us up off our butts to make the United States and the better not only for our children and us but for those to come! We took action because we love life, we have compassion for our fellow man, and we know life is to be lived with purpose. We voted, and WE ARE IN THE HOUSE!

I knew we had it in us to prove that we didn’t forget the lives that sacrificed their lives so we can Vote. The actual act voting is so simple, but we drag our feet to the polls. You go in this booth, read and put an ✔ on your selection and you push a button when you are done, simple right. Yes, it is, but so powerful and life-changing. And for the first time in decades, we proved that we knew the severity and necessity in such a simple act.

November 6, 2018, WE MADE A STEP, WE MADE OUR MARK, AND IT WILL ONLY GET BETTER!

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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