Becoming a Substitute Teacher in January, 2014 (highly recommended by my Son) was the first job I could secure after my return from South Africa in November, 2013 and graduating with my Master degree in Family Studies in December, 2013. This meant that now my Son, my Daughter-In-Law and I were all working in the school system. For the first time, this year, we were all going to have Spring Break at the same time.
For this reason and coupled with the fact my Daughter-In-Law was pregnant with my GrandSon (due in July), she got in the traveling spirit and came up with the brilliant idea for us to take a family trip to visit GrandDaughter Mink’s GODFather, Eric and his girl, Rachel; who had recently purchased a home in the Atlanta area and we were excited to visit!
We went to Georgia with tourist mentality. We wanted engage in the Atlanta area as tourist; to make it educational for Mink; it was Spring Break. We were especially interested in touring the King Center; an educational and social change institution.
When my Sister heard about us housewarming trip to Eric’s place, coupled with her traveling spirit and remember, her vow to be more physically present with her niece and nephew, she decided to join us in Atlanta!
Additionally and ironically, our Cousin/Sister Regina and her newly wed husband, Leon (married March 28, 2015) were in Atlanta during the same time.
We made plans to meet them at the King Center for a Family Day Adventure! (Rachel had to work)
Our goal for the experience was to not only engage in the experience for ourselves, but especially to bring awareness and educate Mink. But a wrench was threw in our game and she saw this before we could enter the center.
Though Dad and Mom insisted that she continue on our quest,
she became disengaged and disruptive to where she kept loudly repeating, “I want to go to the park!” So Dad and GODFather Eric took her to the playground, while we continue to engage inside the center.
When Regina, Leon and Doreece decided to proceed to the Freedom Walk, I chose to go to the park to capture pictures of GrandDaughter Mink on the Playground; because she LOVES playgrounds!
While there we began talking to a nice guy, sitting at the playground, as well. He gave us insight on how he felt it was to live in Atlanta, places to visit in Atlanta and things to do. He told us he was at the King Center with his Son; who was playing on the playground as well. He explained to us that his Son lived with his Mother in a different city and they had met at a midpoint from their homes in order for him to get the Son and spend the weekend with him. “AAWW, that’s so nice,” I responded. I was so impressed and touched to hear that they were two parents that had rose to the occasion of functioning in the best interest of the child and I told him such. He responded by saying, “It wasn’t always like this. We had to grow to get to this point.” I was even more impressed and touched; their presence exemplified “parental growth.”
Of course, my response was, “Take lots of pictures; this time is PRICELESS!” He responded, “Yeah, but my phone has died.”
OPPORTUNITY for Change; because I LOVE making memories for others! I wanted to capture this moment for them.
I said, “Do you want me to take you guys picture?!”
He said, “Absolutely! But how would I get it?!”
Me: “Do you have Facebook (the quickest and easiest way to share pictures today)?!”
He gave me his Facebook information, I sent him a friend request for him to accept, when he regained access to his phone. We are still Facebook friends today.
Hats off to the Parents that are doing whatever it takes to parent in the best interest of the children!
Salute to Marcus Campbell and His Son’s Mother!!