If there is ever the right time to have “THE TALK” I think it is right now……
So, handsome boys here goes……
Okay, if you haven’t heard by now, well ummmm, you are “BLACK”, “AFRICAN AMERICAN”, and “BROWN”….. there will be times where you will hear other names you will not like or agree with. Like, nigga, negro, nigger, boy, thug, nobody, hoodlum, etc. there will be more that is just to name a few. You will know who you are and who’s you are. But I want you to know that, regardless of what you may hear, you are…. AMAZING. SMART. INTELLIGENT. EDUCATED. RESPECTFUL. ENOUGH.WORTHY. KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO AND BE ANYTHING YOU BUT YOUR MIND TOO. Not a day goes by I do not pray for you and cover you under the blood of Jesus, especially when you are not in my presence.
Often times my mind wonder thinking about the countless “BLACK” lives that were lost, because of gun violence and racism that circle around “BLACK” boys and men. The very thought makes me want to never let you go. But that’s impossible. My job as your mother is to help you, and teach you everything there is to know. I am your very first teacher. You will one day understand that being a “BLACK” male, sometimes your value of life will matter less to others. I pray that every human you come into contact with do not look a you in racial hurtful preconceptions, but eliminate practice of racist and those around them. In my prays I ask God that others will stand behind you and stand up for you and make you feel that you are POWERFUL and CAPABLE.
There will be times where you may feel like your back is against the wall but, NEVER GIVE UP. There will be times where you will win some and lose some but, NEVER GIVE UP. There will be times where you may feel overwhelmed but, NEVER GIVE UP. There will be times where you will feel overlooked and disrespected but, NEVER GIVE UP. There will be times where you will face unseen challenges just face them confidence, along with wisdom and choose your battles wisely but, NEVER GIVE UP. There will be times where I will not always be there to hold your in life but, NEVER GIVE UP. Make sure you keep God first, and understand that “NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST SHALL PROSPER AND EVERY TONGUE THAT RISE UP SHALL BE CONDEMNED” (Isaiah 54:17).
As long as I have breathe in my body I will be you mother first and friend second. As I am teaching and you are leaning daily, you are teaching me and I am learning from you as well. No matter what I may accomplish in life what really matters is what kind of Mother I Am. Understand, it takes a village to raise you. If I had to choose a super power of course I want to be superman, lol. But I can just improve daily for you. I went from a YOUNG mother to a more MATURED mother, because I have you all watching everything I do. And as my sons you are a direct reflection of my best self. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU NO MATTER HOW I ENCOUNTER THINGS IN LIFE.
I LOVE YOU!
“Being a mother is about learning the strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed” – Linda Wooten