I visited Taro on Sunday evening and he and his lovely wife were both doing great. If I didn’t know any better I would not know that he was going through some temporary life challenges. He looked good and sounded good. Of course he lost some weight but he looked the same as he did when I seen him at the last council meeting. So what did I expect to see? A sick person and most of the time they have lost some weight. I didn’t need to go to know that and it tickles the hell out of me when folk go for the reason of seeing how folk look.
I normally do not go in the room to visit patients in the hospital but go to see the family sitting in the waiting area. However this visit was different because I left home knowing that I was going in to see him. Why? Because when I called to check on him he asked that I come to see him and for that I feel grateful and honored that he thinks enough of me to allow me to come and see him. Yep we have had some disagreements over the years as it related to politics but you see when brothers can have disagreements and respect one another then that is true friendship.
I told him that I had a brothering crew that we hang out together visiting the sick and eat out together and I was going to bring them with me. Oh he knew all of them. Well one was sick and he stayed in the hospital waiting lobby while we went up to see Taro. One brother was not able to make it with us and one did make it to the hospital late because he was out of town and met us there, however he didn’t go up to see him.
When folk go to the hospital they go for a real reason and folk don’t need to go just to see what they look like. The patient and the family has enough to deal with and don’t need folk interrupting their valuable time together because of nonsense. If you really care about folk in the hospital or even as they are recovering at home, then ask what you can do and they will tell you that you can come and see them or they will tell you just what you can do. Lots of times folk act like they love you more when you are going through life challenges but where were they when they needed you to stand by them as they are advocating for you or doing whatever that impact your life.
Taro has been fighting for the community for a long time and has been taking on 2 roles for several years now. He has been working for the local charter school however he started out volunteering his time. I told Taro what I thought about the charter school which was nothing but I told him if he was going to be a part of the system then he need to get paid because he needed employment. Although I still don’t think anything of the charter school systems but I respect what it means to other folk.
Taro has been sho nuff fighting on the Tarboro Town Council and I say this temporary life challenging moment that he is going through hopefully has given him time to think about all he has done for many ungrateful Negroes as he has had to deal with some sho nuff ignant racist white folk. Taro has tried to do what was in the best interest of all folk but because of the silent majority, I know what he has endured and he has not told me because I know. I have been a community activist since the late 80’s so I know what folk endure when they try to be a voice for the voiceless.
Thank you Taro my brother for all you have done. While you are going through this temporary life challenging moment think hard about how you want to move forward when you no longer face this challenge and you are ready to go back into the storm. You have been fighting for a long time for others so if you want to take some time and move on leaving politics behind, my brother you have done enough. We can only do what we do for a season however we can stay in the storm but sometimes we may need to come out and let someone else drive through the storm. But I know you, it is in your heart and you will not be satisfied if you ain’t in the storm trying to make Tarboro and Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play.
As I stated when I called you when I learned that you were in the hospital, I am just a phone call away.