Do you see this picture? Do you see all of these personalized Cokes? Well, as usual, there's a story behind them.
One day, my Mom was at work when her coworker brought her a bottle of Coca-Cola with my name on it. She knew that my Mom had a daughter named Patricia and decided to give it to my Mom so that my Mom may give it to me. (Super Nice Lady.) When my Mom showed me the Coke Bottle, I was uber excited. I don't drink Coca-Cola , but I was excited about having my very own bottle!!!!! As soon as I got home, I put the Coca-Cola in the refrigerator and started preparing dinner.
Then Anthony came home.
He kissed me kindly on the cheek and opened the refrigerator. He was like, "Cool, a Coke with your name on it." Then he asked me, "When are you going to drink it?" I then replied in plain English, "I'm not going to drink it, I'm going to save it. I'm gonna take it to work tomorrow and and display it." He was like, "Ok baby. Cool. Where did you get it?" I then told him where I got it from and how excited I was.
Fast Forward to the next morning.
I'm getting my things together for work when I can't find my personalized Coke in the refrigerator. I move things around. I lift things up. I can't find it anywhere. My eyes slowly gaze over towards the direction of the garbage can. I close the refrigerator and slowly close my eyes. Underneath my breath, I mumble, "I better not find it in the trash. I better not find it in the trash." I slowly walked over to the trash can and my belly filled with dread. I opened up the trash can and guess what I find! MY PERSONALIZED COCA-COLA BOTTLE.....EMPTY!!!
To say I was pissed is an understatement. There was only one culprit who could have drank my Coke overnight.....HUBBY.
As soon as I saw his face, I was like, "Seriously, Anthony. I TOLD you what I planned to do with MY Coke. Why did you drink it?" He was like, "Oh baby, I'm sorry. I totally forgot. I woke up in the middle of the really thirsty......I promise I'll make it up to you."
So for the next month or so, he is diligently trying to find another Coke with my name. Meanwhile, I'm still feeling sour about it, but trying not to show it.
On day I come home to a package from Coca-Cola on my doorstep. I open the package and behold.........4 PERSONALIZED COKES FROM HUBBY!!!! How amazing is he? (Only 3 are pictured here. The 4th one says, "Mrs. Lockhart." It's safely on display...at work.
It's finally here. For years I've been saying that I was gonna get my passport and travel the world. For years I have dreamed about touring Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. For years I have dreamed.....and now the dreaming ends. The action begins!!!
Don't get me wrong, I've traveled the USA and been on more cruises than I can count, but my heart was born free and free it shall be.
I've finally got my passport. No more procrastinating. No more blaming my lack of travels on parenthood. No longer shall I mumble that I work too much to take a 3 week vacation. I vow to save my money so that I can experience what I've dreamed for so long. I don't know where I will go nor who I will see. But I will GO. #Summer2019.
What am I doing to ensure that my husband and my blacks boys make it to old age without the scars of racism? Am I vocal enough? Am I active enough? The struggle....the worries....my prayers....are REAL! I pray that I never lose them. Never lose them. Never lose them. I don't know what I would do to the entire world if something ever befalls my man and my boys. Only God himself would be able to stop me.
Anthony and I are both licensed gun carriers, but Castillo proved that being licensed and in compliance means nothing. Marissa Alexander was jailed for firing warning shots!!!!!! WARNING SHOTS!!! There will be no warning shots with me. The system itself is so flawed that I don't think "it" can justify me protecting my own life and the life of my family because of the color of my skin. I won't be seen as a mother protecting her children in self-defense. "They" will attempt to paint me as a "crazy, black lady" with a weapon.
I will protect mine with all the power on Earth and confirmed in Heaven. I love all, I respect all and I will help all. I am willing to sacrifice the things I have for the equity of all. But don't come for me. Just Don't.
These are some of my thoughts, questions, comments and "could-care-less"...