Yes, I know it's been a long time. Thanks for all of the "where the heck are you?" e-mails. I just wanted to let you all know that I am here. All is .... eh, okay - - I guess.
I am tired. Too tired to get online much these days. I apologize for being unsociable.
I'll try to give you a quick update.
I mentioned before that I started a part time job. Last week, I started a 2nd part time job. Both of them put together = a full time job.
The second job is at an assisted living facility. I have been blessed to cross paths with someone who was in the process of working on adding a salon to the facility, but didn't have anyone to help her with the services. When she overheard me telling someone that I still see a few senior citizens for their hair care needs, she started to beam and said, "Oh my God! I can't believe that I haven't thought of you!" Then, she filled me in on the details. We still have many loose ends to tie up, but we should have the salon all set up and ready soon. The girl who I will be alternating with is someone I worked with almost 20 years ago. She's a little younger than me and paid me the nicest compliment when she said, "I'm so glad that I've had the chance to talk to you again. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you and all you did for me when I was a young kid, just out of school. You took me under your wing and taught me so much. I'll never forget it." I couldn't help but cry because, here I was - thinking I'd never done anything in my life that mattered. If anything, I thought of myself as a bad influence on her. You'd have to know my life story to understand what I mean. It's nice to hear from someone that I wasn't a total loser in those days.
Another reason why I haven't updated is because I'm going through some personal difficulties at this time and I'd really appreciate any good vibes and prayers y'all could send my way. Stephen is doing well, and for that, I am thankful. I'm just going through a strange spiritual eye opening which has forced me to take a very good look inside myself. I've learned things about myself that I didn't know or didn't want to know. At any rate ... my life is at a cross roads and it's very scary. I hate change. Rather, I fear change. But it's time to face some of my demons. It's time to get some things resolved so I can move forward. Maybe someday, I'll write about all of this. For now, I've gone back into my hand written journal. It's therapeutic for me to actually write with a pen and let the feelings flow onto the paper.
Lastly and more importantly, my mama's having some health problems. Last week she was diagnosed with emphysema and today, I went with her to the diagnostic center where they scanned her to see if she has an aneurysm on her aorta. While looking at the chest x-ray, the Dr. saw something that appeared to be one and he wanted to check that out. The photos I have up there were made Friday. Two of mama's sisters, their daughters and I took her out for her birthday. The photo in the upper left is the only one of mama and me. She would ring my neck for posting this because she looks tired. Maybe so, but still pretty.
Although mama doesn't have internet connection right now and won't be reading this :: Happy Birthday Mama! Tomorrow, she'll be 69 years old. I hope I get to celebrate many more with her.
I will now end this very long-winded, over due update. :)
Y'all take care!