Thursday, February 21, 2013

VDay Bday

My birthday last week was splendid! I enjoyed a lovely Valentine's/Birthday with Brian at Universal Studios which is ten minutes away from our house and then we went to dinner and a movie at Citywalk afterward. I just wanted to act like a tourist in my hometown and scream at the top of my lung which I did on the Mummy Ride!

Too bad it was so short but we'll be back because we got Buy One, Get a Year Free so we plan on hitting it up sometime again this year. I'm just gonna ride The Mummy three times in a row to get my fix.

We had some yummy food at Bubba Gump Shrimp. We'd never been there so it was nice to explore a new restaurant and eat some yummy shrimp or "strimps" like we jokingly call them.

The next night, our good friends made us dinner and had game night at their place. We had a blast. I'm really into playing Apples to Apples these days.

My mom and Stan visited during the weekend. We ended up going to The Stinking Rose which is an everything garlic restaurant. They have roasted garlic as an appetizer and we chowed down on them so much that we smelled like garlic for two days. Nice way to plant one on someone, right?

The thing about birthdays is that I feel blessed to be alive. I don't expect people to do anything for me, I just get excited that it's my day. I was so happy to receive some beautiful roses from Brian and a lovely bouquet from my dad. I also had some extremely beautiful cards with the loveliest words from my grandmother, mom and dad in-law, grandparents in-law, dad and hubby. I love getting cards, letters or anything written in the mail. It makes me so happy! Emails are great because they are fast but there is nothing like walking to the mailbox, shuffling through the bills and junk to find a lovely handwritten card from a loved one.

I hope you all had a lovely VDay and continue to celebrate Black History Month!

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits."- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Only One on the Fourteenth

My birthday is in ten days (Valentine's Day) and I am looking forward to having a few days off from work and having fun with Brian.

When I was in elementary school, I had a hard time fitting in. I never wanted to believe it was because I was black but girls I played with would remind me of that fact periodically. Occasionally, I'd get the "I can't play with you anymore because you're black." So I'd go about my business for a couple of days until the girl who said it would start playing with me again. I just wanted things to remain normal. (Shoot! If someone said that to me now. I'd be like "Peace out! Go suck a hole!")

I was teased a lot and looking back, even though it made me sad, there was a level of toughness that I acquired from those incidents. The people close to me may define me as sensitive but I like to believe that these days on the surface, I am the type of person who can make witty comebacks if put in a teasing situation again. I only share my deepest thoughts and vulnerabilities with those that are close. For more info, read every Aquarius Sun Sign description, Lmao!

Anyhow, so back to elementary school and fitting in...the principal gave every kid a pencil for their birthday. Our principals were something like mini-Presidents--you only saw them every once in a blue moon and when you did, you treated them with the utmost respect and awe. For him to come to your classroom and acknowledge your birthday was a HUGE deal. The other kids in class would be in shock and that child had a moment in the spotlight.

On my birthday, I knew he was coming but I didn't know when. I was fiddling around with something in my desk and suddenly he appeared out of smoke (Not really, but from a kid's point of view, it seemed like it). He walked up to my desk and handed me a pink pencil. I was so proud with joy. He said, "Happy Birthday Shaharoh. You're the only one in the entire school that I'm visiting today." All of the kids around me watched intently and I felt so special inside.

What I've learned is that even though every child is special, sometimes it's the little, big moments that give them that extra push and build confidence. In the middle of a crowd, there's always a lonely, lost one that needs a hug, a kiss or some words of encouragement. Even though I was reminded that I was different than the other kids, sometimes being different wasn't such a bad thing.

**My mom posted this as her cover photo on her Facebook page - AWWW***