Those of you who follow me regularly probably noticed I’ve been avoiding talking too much personal stuff. The last few posts are book or food related. That was intentional because I was kind of sitting on a secret…I’M MOVING!!!
I mean literally moving. After months of searching,my mom’s health issues and COVID 19, we finally found a new home. Our previous home had 3 bedrooms,this one has 2. Shug will have to still share a room with her grandmother while Avery wil be with me. We have stainless steel appliances(microwave and dishwasher included), a laundry room,a common area gym, movie theater, and community room. The building is only months old and the lobby looks like one oit of Eloise at the Plaza. Ok, I exaggerate, but not much. There is still some work being done to the building, but it’s cosmetic at this point.
The day we picked up the keys was the first day we saw the apartment in person. Due to COVID and the building being built, we never saw it prior. Avery came but Shug could not because she had school. Avery walked around like he was home. He ran around, opened things, talked to neighbors, yelled. He made sure it was noted throughout the building that he had arrived.
I hate moving. The packing &lifting boxes, throwing things away, back and forth, unpacking again annoys me. I don’t like getting to know a new area, new neighbors and people,which bodega has the best bacon egg and cheese sandwiches, etc etc.. However, unlike the last time I moved, I’m actually excited this time. Amani just became a teenager and Avery just became a talking toddler. Those milestones need fresh soil to grow in, so to speak.
Don’t get me wrong, this neighborhood really embraced my kids. Shug was a wallflower,but Avery really came out of his shell during the Summer. The locals in the neighborhood spoil him rotten when he comes outside. Mostly men have taken up with Avery and taught him a lot,which I appreciate since Avery’s father is absent. He now knows how to give dap ( NYC hood version of a hand shake) and has developed a fascination with motorcycles( he’s ridden a couple as well). I still plan on bringing him around to visit because our new place is only 30 minutes or so away from where we live now.
As everyone has witnessed, this year has been an atomic failure in soooo many ways but it feels hopeful to end it with a new beginning. Who says beginnings can’t start at the end?I appreciate all of you for reaching out when the fire happened last November. I love you for that. I could use a little more support, if you’d be so kind. We really got slammed financially on this move and I could use some money to furnish the place a bit. I don’t care how much or little it is, I can make ANYTHING work. I have both PayPal and CashApp. I’m thinking of just doing a wish list and I’ll let you know when I do. Be sure to let me know who sent it so I can thank you properly. I wish you all a happy and safe holidays!!!