A Graduation Lesson

New Beginning- Graduation

Once again we are in the season of graduations…the best time of the year to hear encouraging speeches from educators and students alike.

Yesterday, I was walking from the Hispanos Unidos Garden with the Literacy Club when I ran across a beautiful family. I usually would see them in the neighborhood and we would exchange hi’s.

They looked stunning walking towards us. I asked the mom who looks like she could be the oldest sister (she’s the one in the pink) if I could take a photo of them.

My students were on the side of me chanting CONGRATULATIONS!! Over and over.

After the picture, one of the little girls who had chalk in her hand, decided to write on the building behind them. Why did she do that?  The Literacy club suddenly got enraged. Their chants became rebukes and when I tried to take up for her, telling them it could easily come off with water, they turned to me and shouted at me:


So, in the end I agreed with them and so did the mother who told the little girl, she will have to clean it.


So, my family went to Washington, DC over the Thanksgiving break and I got to see so much of my family. It was pretty exciting. Pictured here is my second cousin, Andre, who is a pianist, singer and so many other fun things; like, now he owns Moody’s Barber Shop in Gloucester, VA.  and has his own beautiful family.

I’m blogging about him because of the scarf he has around his neck. He had that scarf when I was a little girl. It looks like he just bought it. It was kept well. In addition to his scarf, I liked his casual outfit. It was put together well. His style reminds me of James McBride, the author of The Color of Water,who I blogged about a while ago.

I wonder what’s going to be my staple when I get older. I can’t name one accessory that I have that I wear all the time…maybe it’s because I’m a female? At least I know my signature look will include a hat.

Happy Valentine’s Day

This is a picture of  children’s book illustrator, Sean Qualls and his beautiful family. I took it at the African-American Children’s book fair and saved it for this day.

Their children are so cute and comical. They have so much spunk. The little boy drew me a picture and signed it. His signature looks just like his dads…only child-like.

Anyways, enjoy your day!