Friday, August 10, 2018

Sweet Sixteen for Team Carroll

You have to get good gifts for your Sweet Sixteen and for us the biggest box with the red bow on it was a new house.  No greater symbol of solidifying a family foundation than realizing the goal of getting that house with the space for the kids to run around and the layout to host the village.  The type of home that serves as a base until the young ones are ready to go off on their own.  This gift comes on the heels of continued growth in career and family that saw Nkechi find a new creative haven, The Dimpled One growing into the student-athlete we envision and the Munchkin all set to start Kindergarten in the fall.  These blessings were made even sweeter by the small storms we endured to realize them.

Its one thing to feel like you've got that Ashford and Simpson type marriage (Solid as a rock), but it's a whole 'nother thing when it is proven to you.  Team Carroll was forced to sound the alarms and put on the marching boots this year when things weren't going right at Isaiah's school.  There were venting sessions, meetings, phone calls, texts, and more venting sessions that ultimately brought about a level of resolution.  But much like racism in any other setting, the issue still lingers not far from the surface, and it appears like the issue may even extend to my work home.  Recently I said to Nkechi that should things not go the way that we hope, I may need to think about taking my educational talents to "South Beach".  Without skipping a beat she responded with

"Oh for sure, it's not like you shouldn't be running a school already,  anyway. If you need to take some time to figure out what your next move is.  By all means do it!"

Yep.  Solid as a rock.  We are blessed to be in a position where we can begin to call our own shots, and it will never be lost on me that my partner will ALWAYS be the loud and proud Spliff Star to my Busta Rhymes even though in reality, she's SHAQ and I'm Penny.  I'm thankful for the Franchise we've built and look forward to putting up more Championship-worthy seasons.  Love you Boobs and the entire village that cheers for us.