When I Look Back Over My Life I Won’t Complain

My mom began having heart problems in the late 70’s but then in 1995 my mom was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and she lived til 1997. I spent every night with her in the hospital which was numerous during that time and then when we brought her home I spent every night at my aunt’s house. I went to work the following morning. I got married in June of 1997 and my wife along with my family took care of my mom until she moved on to another home in September 1997.

In August 1998 I was blessed with a baby boy and he had asthma and was in and out of the hospital for a couple of years. When he got older around the 7th grade we had his tonsils removed and the breathing treatments ended.

In September 1999 we suffered a major flood and lost everything except what we took to the shelter on that evening. My wife had the vehicle packed all except what I packed in my vehicle and took with us. My dad had gotten remarried in 1998 so it was nothing but grace that he was not still living with us because he would not have gone to the shelter with us and his life and our lives were sparred.

My dad got divorced and moved back in the home house and since that time he has been flooded out twice more and within less than year’s time. I had to go through the flood 3 times because he had to come stay with my family and I had to handle all of the business.

Over a couple of year’s time span I had to take care of my dad taking medical leaves and staying with him when he had to go through 2 hip operations. I had to take another medical leave when he was in a car accident.

My wife has not worked since we got married in 1997. My daughter graduated from NC Central University and now my son is in his last year (3rd) year at Pitt Community College.

I have struggled all of my life being there taking care of family and others just like my mother did.

During holidays and from time to time I look at how folk go on vacations and enjoy life while I sit around and do nothing. However over the years we have done some things together such as going to a couple of getaways.

One thing about it my family has not asked for much and has been patient with me because I have always been actively engaged in community and political activism. I have spent my entire life trying to make other folk happy and putting my life somewhat on hold.

I owe my family much and just maybe soon and very soon I will make up for some of the time I shoulda coulda have spent with them.

Judge upholds removal of Confederate statues at University of Texas – SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

The Watch Dog response: I am so glad there are some folk who understand the W’s: Why were they erected? When were they erected? Who erected them? What purpose do they serve today as it relates to all races?

The halls of higher education at the University of Texas will no longer be marked by monuments to a low point in American history.

A federal judge in Austin on Monday rejected a challenge to the moving of five Confederate statues from the school’s main hall.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel concluded that moving the monuments did not violate the free speech rights of the plaintiffs to hold unpopular viewpoints, therefore the people bringing the lawsuit had no grounds on which to file suit.

“Subjective ideological interests – no matter how deeply felt – are not enough to confer standing,” wrote Yeakel, who was tapped for the bench by President George W. Bush in 2003.

The ruling is the latest to uphold the removal of Confederate monuments on public grounds. Courts have upheld decisions relocate or take down similar monuments in New Orleans, Louisville, Kentucky, Dallas, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

Photos/Video: Anderson Chapel MBC Dr. Margaret Knight Minister Bring Forth The Word 1st Sunday In July

This message was for me. I had not been to a morning service this year and it was as if I had spoke to Dr. Knight about something I had experienced on last week. I could relate to the message because I have been dealing with some folk for quite some time but as I stated last week I have had to fight all my life and I will not stop now. Although all of those years of fighting it was not all about me, but even in spite of fighting for other folk I had my own fights while some others didn’t even know it. It is all good because I can truly say that all of the folk that have attempted to make things bad for me, my father has stepped in and handled things. He has guided me along the way and I will trust him to the end. Some folk have to go through some things when they stand for what is right.

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