I hope all is well for everyone. I am writing because I have some things to say. And I decided to put them in a long over due letter.
Aunt Nana- you have always been someone I looked up to. You are very successful and you kept our family together by caring for your brothers after your parents passed. Aunt Nana “THANK YOU” for everything you’ve done for me whether it was helping buy school clothes, helping keep our lights on, or just being there. Thank you I really appreciate it.
Uncle Sonny- I really believe that you wanted to stop traveling to Oklahoma years ago but you kept coming to come see us J We knew every year when you came we would have sweets, Chinese food, and orange juice. J These were just some things that mom didn’t buy. Thank you for giving us our own money and keeping our sweet tooth satisfied. I even have to say thank you for always trying to steer me in the right direction. Even though I have a head of steel I heard you each and every time. And I know you only want the best for me and I love you for that. But you have to remember that I am “25” now so that means I know everything J smile…
Daddy- something that I will never forget is how embarrassing it was when you would wear army pants with any shirt without the same colors as the pants to my softball games. You just had to make sure it didn’t match J Daddy you do have good advice but you go overboard sometimes. And you seem to forget that I know everything I’m your child remember J I’ll never forget that the best time to ask you for money or anything is when your sleep. That’s when you can get just about anything J I hope you’re not still mad at me for the green eggs, yellow bacon, and red sausage I made you (don’t worry Mekeion gets the same thing) J “THANK YOU” for being there daddy. I knew I could always call and talk to you.
Melanie-I don’t know if you ever knew that I wanted to be just like my cousin Melanie. I looked up to you and wanted to be just like you. That was my name whenever I played dress up as a kid. My cousin Kamari use to get mad because it was always Melanie this and Melanie that. “THANK YOU” Mel for being that person for me. Even though I didn’t follow in your steps or always take the advice that you gave I listened and I am okay. J
Genine- you were the mystery person. I didn’t know what you did for the longest. I only knew you were a very busy person and that it would take a while for you to call backJ. But that’s gotten a lot better. I used to brag about my older cousins. Thank you for coming to my (and Renetta’s) graduation. “THANK YOU” for being there and coming to get me when I came to Cali that really meant a lot.
Dougie B- the one that was mean to me when we were younger. Back then I couldn’t stand you because you were so mean but now I love you to death. I really enjoy talking to my older brother. And sometimes I think you enjoy talking to your little sister. I am proud of you…“THANK YOU” Dougie B for being there for your little big head sister.
Corey- we can not go 10 years without seeing each other again. I need you in my life. You are my big brother!!! Thank you for taking up for me when we were younger.
Rick and Renetta- you were so fun to grow up with. You two are so crazy. We are so close it’s unbelievable. Remember how we slept in the same room until I left home (and the crazy thing was we all had our own room). We could never go straight to sleep because of Rick being silly. Renetta and I would have to go tell on him so we could go to sleep. We played silly games like baseball with a balled up pieces of foil. We use to wait until dad pulled off to go to work and change the living room into Yankee Stadium (even though we were constantly told not to). Remember when I had to watch you in the summertime and I made your noodles look like worms. Someone showed me what food coloring could do. Rick-you are going to make it with your music!!! I have never seen you this determined. Keep at it and know your “big sis” will always be here for you. Renetta- I am proud of you. I am proud of you because you have a lot of challenges in your life right now and you are overcoming them. I respect you and admire you for taking care of my niece and nephew the way you do. I know it’s hard for you, but keep your head up. You are doing a good job. And you know I am always here for you.
As I said that was long over due and I wanted you guys to know that I love and appreciate you. This letter was sparked when I went to see Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion this weekend. I believe the movie had a message “FAMILY” (for those of you who saw the movie you know what I mean). I liked the movie so much that I bought the soundtrack today. I put it in on the way home turned a song called Everyday-Family Reunion and I cried all the way home. I cried because family is very important to me and I feel like we’ve fallen apart and are still falling.
Putting together a family tree has been on my to do list for as long as I can remember. It bothered me so much as a teenager that I didn’t know anything about my father’s side of the family. I started doing research when I was about twelve trying to put together a family tree for us. This has been the most challenging/frustrating thing that I think I’ve run into thus far in my life. I have come to so many dead ends because our family didn’t keep in touch. And it hurts me because it seems like we are on the same path that they (our ancestors) took. There would be fights within the family that caused this side to not talk to this side for whatever reason. I see that in our family now. I guess the saying is true, ”History has a way of repeating itself”.
I guess we carry the same blood as them because that same stubbornness has affected our family from being a family. What I mean by saying that is because of stubbornness we don’t know our great uncles, aunts,first, second, or third cousins, etc. I don’t want that for my son. I want him to know each and every one of you and about the ones before us. I am going to teach him how important family is. I am going to teach him that no matter how much we fight, disagree, or don’t like what someone is doing with their life we are still family. It really bothered me that last year was my first time meeting my little cousins Connor, Sinclair, and Madison. And that I’ve only seen my nephew twice. I know a lot of that is my fault because I’ve had plenty invitations to come to Cali. But I really enjoyed them. And I can’t wait to see them again.
I know some of you may feel like family is overrated but it’s not. We all came from the same. We are apart of each other whether we like it or not. I love each and every one of you so much. I want us to be closer. I know it’s going to be a hard thing to do because we have our own lives, values, views, and opinions. But let’s do it for our kids. Let’s make a family for them… With this being said, we need to meet!!! I want to put together a “Family Reunion”. This year in Oklahoma on Grandma Word’s land. The Morgan’s need to meet the Grant’s, the Jones’s, the Payne’s, and the Coleman’s. I would like for us to take a family picture, learn, and enjoy each others company. I know this is kind of a short notice but I think we can pull it off. Please let me know what you think asap so I/we can get to planning.
RIKISHA LAUREN MORGAN