11.15.2010

Meeting more of my biological father’s family for the first time

(Uncle Larry, Me, Uncle Curly, and Aunt Marilyn)

It has been a very long time since I’ve written anything regarding how things are going with my newly found family.

I have many reasons but I honestly chose to stop writing about it and reflect more on how Allah (God) truly blessed me this year in finding my biological father’s family. My family. Our family.
I’m just soaking it all in these days.

In my last update, I shared some very intimate findings about my father and I have learned so much more since. I’m decoding some things about myself and understanding why I have certain traits that I did not get from my beautiful mother. I got them from my pops.


It all still feels very surreal and every time I think about it I feel like I’m ten years old adjusting to this new found joy.

So what’s been going on?

Not to share too much but my Uncle Larry is hilarious and talks noise to me when I don’t call. All in love. He has been sharing a lot of stories with me about my grandmother, grandfather and father.

Surprisingly, my Uncle Curly came home for good in September from working in Iraq instead of just being here for Thanksgiving. So I got a chance to meet him in person as well as my Aunt Marilyn when I returned home from my last speaking tour. I love’em!

I even went out to lunch with Uncle Curly once and attended a Houston Rockets game with him along with my two younger cousins Junior and Cameron. The Rockets lost but we had a great time. At that lunch, Uncle Curly shared with me so much about the history of the family. Also that day I showed him my father’s death certificate, which was the first time he’s ever seen it.

I have also met and talked to frequently my first cousin Mickey. My uncles warned me that she and I would get along perfectly and they were right. We talk for hours about so many things and she’s a traveler like me.
At the same time I am still in the process of writing my book about this entire adventure and both of my uncles are excited about its release. Writing a book is a lot of work! I have a friend and published author who is going to coach me on getting a book deal and getting proper representation.

I am extremely geeked about meeting more of the family during Thanksgiving.

Thank you all for the encouragement, well wishes, and prayers throughout this entire experience.
It’s not over---I also have a little sister to find. (smile)

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