Roots

Hello Dear Readers!

So I’ve been on vacation since Christmas Eve and I’ve been enjoying it so far. The funny thing is that it all seems to have centered around the movie Roots.

On Christmas Eve the BET (Black Entertainment) channel Has been playing the miniseries Roots, Roots the Next Generations, and Queen over the last few days. While there is controversy over whether or not the stories are really Alex Haley’s or not it is fascinating to see the family line of someone from the African-American race all the way to slavery.

On the day after Christmas my mother wanted to go down to Florida to see some old friends and family that she hasn’t seen in a while. So we packed up and hit the road, including all of my siblings.

In a way this trip was a roots journey of my own.  I listened to old stories of relatives that have passed as well as those that are still with us. I visited my grandparents on my mother’s side old home. Just walking through the yard memories of when I was a child started leaping to my mind. Times of when I and my siblings were young and we would come for visits and play with our cousins.

Their house was on red dirt/clay road. It’s now been paved but I have fond memories of walking to the end of the road, the lot of us would have foot races or play tag with the propane tank being our base. 😉

I walked into the house and looked in the rooms and remembered the “formal” living room we as kids were never allowed to go into. the room my brother and I used whenever we visited and the bed room that my grandparents shared and where my grandmother took her last breaths. Although they have both passed on and haven’t occupied the house in years it still felt like any minute I would see one of them come around the corner.

Sometimes it’s good to remember where you came from. It helps to ground you and show you what is possible for you to accomplish for yourself.

Even if you have the most humble of beginnings in your family tree don’t ever be ashamed. It’s because of those family members working so hard that you were able to be where you are now.

So from the rural area of Campbellton and Marianna, Florida I wish you a Happy New Year and many prayers for a prosperous one as well.

Smooches!

Shineka

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Merry Christmas to all!

Hello Dear Readers!

So I’ve been absent for a while. I apologize for that. Working in Retail during this time of the year doesn’t leave much extra time for a life. On top of that add a cold at the beginning of the shopping season and my blog fell sadly to the waste side.

Enough of that though.

Today is Christmas Eve. I have been blessed to actually be off today and have spent it baking, cleaning and spending time with some friends and family.  I look over the past year and as with anyone’s life I’ve had some good days, some bad days, and some great days, but I’m grateful that I’ve had them all the same.

I look forward to seeing what is still to come in my life in the future. Maybe a book or two, maybe a real romance of my own, or maybe the chance to bring a little joy into a perfect strangers life. Whatever may lay ahead, I will try to be mindful of the most  important thing in my life. My Savior, King, and Leader Jesus Christ. It is because of him that I am able to keep going on the days that I’m feeling low or run down and it’s because of him that I can celebrate each new day.

He is the best present there is in this world.

So to all of you I want to say. Merry Christmas and I hope you all will have the opportunity to spend time with those you love the most over the next few days.

Smooches,

Shineka