Today this blog is under an extreme time crunch (and I will shortly tell you why), but hopefully it will still be informative and inspirational! I am currently back in my hometown of Detroit Michigan! I got the idea to surprise my dad and fly back for Father’s Day... mainly because I know that Father’s Day in my family is now a sort of emotional-ish time (due to the fact that my mom passed ON Father’s Day), and I don’t really get to come back here that often. Also, not a HUGE contributing factor, but this weekend was also my high school reunion (of sorts)! I figured that now is as good as a time as any to make my yearly appearance. I’m staying with my sister and her 2 kids... and getting to why this blog is under such a time crunch... the kids missed me so freakin’ much! They have barely let me out of their SIGHT since I’ve been here. I don’t really think they understand that I have to see a bunch of people while I’m here, so they got a little mad when I had to leave the other night to go see my high school people. So right now, they had a doctors appointment and I have to semi hurry and write before they all come back and drag me by my feet out of bed to come play with them, and watch Ice Age 2 (again).
When you move out of town, out of the place you grew up in and spent all of your formative years, it’s pretty weird coming back sometimes. It’s like I remember a lot of the way things use to be, and all of my old stomping grounds, but I’m trying to remember how I managed!
As soon as I got off of the plane, I immediately had to go to my reunion thing (which was at a bar... oh Detroit). I walked in by myself, but I was meeting Whitney inside. I walked in to a sweeping feeling of overwhelming awkwardness! So many people I went to high school with! How do I say hi to all these people at once!? How do I catch up years of my life in brief moments? It was impossible! So I just went on over the the bar, had myself a drink and avoided everyone until Whitney found me, haha. Once we had more drinks and started catching up, I opened up a bit more to everyone else I suppose. It was definitely very interesting. Everybody pretty much seemed... the same! And everybody was still in their same high school cliques! I guess once people get to high school, they turn into the people they are pretty much gonna be for the rest of their lives.
After the reunion, I met up with my sisters (who were also inebriated), and we all had a really long talk about our lives. We’ve never done that before! I believe we finally are beginning to start breaking through some of the issues we have with each other. Maybe there is hope to be that sister singing group yet! Anywho, we didn’t get back to my sister’s house until 6 in the morning. I was very tired assumably, but to my surprise, my niece and nephew were up and at em at the crack of dawn, waiting for auntie Bretony to come! I felt like Santa Claus up in there! For it to be 6 in the morning, they sure did have some post-red bull type energy! Needless to say, no sleep for me.
A few hours after that, I woke up from my non sleep to go surprise my dad. My sisters went to go meet up with him at Ihop, and video chatted me on their phone while I was in the car pretending to be asleep... at home in NYC. In the middle of talking, I walked in and tapped him on the shoulder! It was a great surprise!
Coming back to Detroit, I never really know what to expect, but my niece and nephew were the most delightfully surprising. My sister had her kids at a very young age, so I was always concerned about them. I just want them to have a good life ya know! Hanging with them this weekend, I see that they really do. They both have their own rooms, and they live in the suburbs! They also both speak so very intelligently, and with lots of passion. I’m very glad to see that they are on the right path. Whitney Houston (and Sexual Chocolate) said it best...these children are our future! Me and my sisters got off the path somewhere along the lines and fell out with each other, but my niece and nephew get along pretty swimmingly! That’s why we have to keep setting a good example for them. There’s nothing worse than bringing children into this world and exposing them to everything they should definitely NOT be exposed to. The world is messed up now, yes, but if we instill the right values while they are still young, this world just may have a chance yet! They are the glimmer of hope in this bleak reality. The adults of today are already poisoned with all of the destruction, racism, crime, and hatred around, but soon, we will all be gone and the kids will be where we are now. Isn’t it worth it to have children grow up into a world where everyone treats each other with love, kindness and respect? I think so!
It’s sad that I can’t come back more often and see them as much as I’d like, but maybe I should start volunteering with some kids in NYC. I don’t think I mentioned this in a blog before, but one time I was walking down the street in Brooklyn, and I saw a 5 year old boy and girl playing outside. The little girl told the boy to “shut up b****”, and the little boy told the girl “suck my ***”.....????!!!!????
The strength it took for me not to slap them little heathens! They deserve better influences in their life... no matter WHAT the home circumstance (which I know people cannot control). Just ONE positive influence is sometimes all they need. We can surely help mold the future.
p.s. my phone dropped and the LCD is kinda messed up, so I haven’t been able to contact many people to say I’m here in Detroit visiting (not like the little ones would let me out of their sight anyways). Can’t even upload instagram pictures!!
p.p.s. My niece has a nicer phone than me!!
p.p.p.s. Whew, glad I’m done with this blog, now I can try to go get 15 more minutes of sleep! I have learned that kids don’t give you many sleeping options, you have to get it when you can. I took a nap in the shower the other day for crying out loud!