What My Kids Learned from Attending My College Reunion

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My history met its future on August 19, 1990. That day it was buried under the reality of moving my things from my parents’ comfy Chicago home to a modest dorm with no air conditioning and a shared payphone in the hallway. Over the next four years, it would come to be a haven for the cultivation of my religious journey, development of my leadership skills, appreciation of lifelong friendships, and protection of my naive and sometimes broken heart.

Simply put, the years from 1990-1994 were epic. They were so epic that I spent the next 18 years of my life trying to create that same type of experience for college students as a college instructor, advisor, administrator, and student services coordinator.

Let’s just title my post-college years as In Search of Epic. I had experienced epic and was now charged with creating epic experiences for others. And while I’m not really sure if any of my students would use that word to describe their experiences, I know that I put in many long days and hard hours to make sure their college years were memorable.

But eventually, the early 90s turned into the late 90s, and the early 2000s. And before we knew it, I became that college employee, still in search of epic for her students, but realizing that what she really wanted to do was impossible. I wanted to teleport myself back to the early 1990s.

Sure, I would watch  A Different World  reruns in syndication or rent Spike Lee’s School Daze to get my memory fix, but that fix would only last so long. And while I love my life as a 40-something mom of three, I do sometimes wish I could return to the days of old. One weekend not too long ago I did that – with my children – who are now beginning the college search process for themselves.

It was epic.  Continue reading

Team S.J.G.R.

I’m doing another blogger challenge. A very necessary one. Because S.J.G.R. You know what that means? Shit Just Got Real.

Yes…I said that. But it’s for a good reason. It’s a health challenge. And that’s what it’s really called.

So, one of my favorite bloggers (who’s also my sorority sister) is The Grady Doctor. She’s a medical doctor and she’s all about keeping it real. And for her, the ish got real last fall when her sister (also one of my sorority sisters) suddenly died of heart disease.

Heart disease is real. Obesity is real. Being overweight is real. And if I can wear red during Heart Healthy month in February, then I can really make a difference by eating healthy and exercising.

And you know that the ish was pretty real for me this past spring with my cancer scare. And of all the cancers to have, I had the one that affects my metabolism. And now that it’s over, I need to be grateful that it’s gone, grateful that I feel so good, and grateful that it wasn’t something worse. And how am I going to be grateful…I’m going to change my lifestyle.

So this isn’t that bad…because  I started drinking fresh green smoothies this spring and eating healthier. But I couldn’t exercise because of the tumor pressing up against my lungs. So now, since the tumor is gone…S.J.G.R. and I need to exercise. And yes, I cleared it with my doctor…so it’s all good.

Not only can I exercise, but I need to exercise. And continue eating right. All the time. So here we go. The Littles and I are going to start by going to the track by our house at least three times a week at sundown. Of course, you will hear about all my success here..and if S.J.G.R. for you recently, you may want to consider joining us.

We even have a Facebook group. So if you’re interested…do this. Subscribe to The Grady Doctor’s blog and if you’re a Facebooker, then join the group Team S.J.G.R. on Facebook. The group’s organizer is JoLai Draper. She’s the Grady Doctor’s sister…and S.J.G.R. for her last fall too.

This is not attached to a specific diet plan, or exercise routine…we’ve just all agreed that it’s time to make a change for the better for our health and we’re doing it. Has the S.J.G.R. for you?