Surprise Babies and Covert Weddings With a Little Travel Mixed In!

Well, it’s been a few weeks since last I posted, and I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose I’ll go back to Indy… If you recall in a September, 2013 post, I headed to Indianapolis to record the audiobook version of Mirage.Ā  Since that time, the producer informed me that there were a few glitches in the audio, and it would be best to rerecord it. As such, we scheduled to hit the studio at the end of April. By the time we finished, not only had we completed Mirage, but we also recorded A Harlem Love Song, Because Our Story Will Never End, various poetry samples, a preview of the novel I’m working on now, and demos of some of the latest music I’ve written – – we couldn’t have had a more productive week!

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When I completed my tasks in Indianapolis, I finally headed home after five and a half months away. As much as I loved being back, I could only stay for a few days as I needed to head south again. On the day I began the southern trek, I had one local stop to make. One of my elementary school friends who now lives in Arizona makes a visit every year. This year, he told me he would be coming up early, and although I thought it odd, I didn’t question him. He had asked me to stop by the home of one of his relatives on a specified date, so I knew I could make that stop on my way out of town.

When I got there, I saw people carrying gift-wrapped packages to the house. I called him to make sure I was at the right place. As it turned out, it was his son’s first birthday party – – a child I knew nothing about! I had been telling him for years that he would make a wonderful father, but it never seemed to be a part of his lifelong plans. He waited to tell me because he wanted to share the news with me face to face, and because when he found out about the little one, I had just been hit with Bell’s Palsy, he thought the news would stress me out – – LOL! Needless to say, I was completely caught off guard, but in the greatest way imaginable šŸ™‚

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Now, my purpose for heading south to North Carolina was to perform the wedding of one of my former students. After an auto accident ended my teaching career, I was terribly depressed thinking that I would never be able to impact the lives of young people again. As always, however, God saw fit to continue to bless me, as most of my babies are still in contact, still seek my advice and assistance, and still want me to be in their lives. When I was asked to do this wedding ceremony, it just felt like everything I’ve gone through over the past several years was well worth it – – my kids still love me!

Where I was overjoyed about the wedding, I was a nervous wreck because we were keeping the fact that I would not only attend, but officiate from her older sister, who was also a former student. This meant any posts to social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, and yes, WordPress, were out of the question. When she finally saw me the night before the wedding – – even though she towers over me – – she ran into my arms crying like a little bitty girl yelling, “Mom!” Yep, the majority of my kids call me that!

It was a highly covert operation, but in the end, it was more than worth it!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – – since the accident, things on my body don’t work like they used to, I’ve been in pain of some sort every single day since then, and I have a number of challenges that I work to overcome daily, but when it’s all said and done, I wouldn’t trade my life for anything – – I love the skin I’m in!!!

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