33 what it means to me?
Today I took a trip in my mind and wondered back to where it all started for me.
It started on a narrow road. Solely on my own. With the guidance of four very special people. those people consisted of My Mother and Father and my two older brothers. This road led to many different roads that had twists,turns, mountain and valleys to cross. It was always only us. Traveling from state to state until we made it to a small town in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee. It has always been just us. It was that way, or seemed that seemed that way for many years. You were my Best friends. My greatest inspirations that forever have impacted my life, and forever will until my life as we know it slips away. A lot of my hardest and most precious memories are with the people that started with me on my journey. They had the hands that fed ,and disciplined. They had the mouths of wisdom, the eyes of correction and quality. The soul to rationally understand truth, and the courage and faith to have the feet to walk towards it. The camaraderie, and the competition of my 2 older brothers. To always check me, and never let me win unless I deserved it. My ultimate competition. The two of you made me a fighter and made me strong kid. The inventors of games and imagination it was only us and the forest that surrounded us. Time really didn't matter then, because it seemed to never change. I have so many happy and beautiful memories of us. The things we got away with, and the things we didn't shaped us growing up, and is a big part of us as men. I see you, my big brothers.
My father, the leo, My lion king. That was raising his very own lion to understand the greatness and impact of your presence has on a room when you walk in. To realize that life is truth ,and it is best to only follow that, even if the path has yet been traveled by many people. The reward of truth stretches far beyond this world into glory. My mentor, my philosopher, my artist, my theologian, my architect, my preacher, my leader. you not only have changed me, but i've seen you move a whole congregation with tears of passion, and conviction. Thank you for challenging me, and allowing me to challenge you. Thank you for teaching me the lessons of being a man even if I didn't understand at the time what it would take. You taught respect thru love, even when the lessons were hard learned. I respect and love you pops. I see you as a King.
To my queen, a mother who's greatest gift was love. The most beautiful and greatest gift from God, in which you had an abundance of. You were able to share it with me everyday. Ive never understood another devotion to another person, than feeling the unconditional passion and attention to every detail of my life. To the woman that never slept. Loving over her house tirelessly while working other jobs and running a business. I've never known another woman to be as talented and gifted as you. Your love has been constant even until this day. Its hard for me to imagine a heart so big. The longest running love I have ever felt is the love from my mother. Even in my most tender and weakest moments, my mom was my biggest fan. Even when I didn't have very many, or any at all. You set a new standard of courage and faith when you beat cancer. Im forever proud of all you have done, and all the fear you have conquered you are a beautiful angel.
My mother And father I've watched you grow up as well. you have taught me how to maintain a love when your world and the world around you is ever changing, and challenging. . Everything is achievable thru love. you all taught me that. My mother and father and my 2 brothers you are all teachers. you all teach different things in different ways, but the impact that you people have is incalculable, and in measurable. I know this because I see it, and still feel it in my own life. Its been many years since I've been in my own country to celebrate with the people that have travelled so many miles with me. It breaks my heart tears and memories have made their way to my surface while I have been writing this. I miss you with all my heart, all the great things that I become and strive for in life carries the essence of you, because I have pieces of you thru out my makeup. I am more than blessed to have come from such a great legacy of people. All though I'm not with you. You are always with me. This year will be one of the most trying years so far. Im glad to be who i am. Thats why I'm dedicate my Birthday and this year to you. Back to my roots. Back to my origin. I love you family, never forget….
Undoubtedly, and Forever your's, Moe…..