LOL!!! YAAAAS GAWD! They’re setting me up to ramble all day with this here prompt!
So should I take it from the side of race/culture/heritage? Or should I take it from the side of hair? …which in essence will still lead me back to race/culture/heritage. eh, let me just begin and see where this leads.
So a few weeks ago I decided I wanted to have real plants as a part of my interior decor. So off to home depot I went. Bought a small something pretty for the breakfast nook table and a larger one for the dining table. The one in the dining room is still alive and well. it sits in front of a window that gives proper sunlight. The one in the nook….well it died. …..I’m on to my second one. When I went to get this new one I asked what all it needs: special fertilizer? plant food? …..”no. not at all. just water. The soil it sits in has all the vitamins it needs. so all you have to do is water it. and whenever you see one of the leaves turning, just pluck it off and it will spring a fresh new one in no time.”
That’s it? just water.
Here we go: From my heart to yours, I need you to know, your roots are strong. the soil it sits in has all the vitamins and minerals it needs. you don’t need to be transplanted to a new soil. you don’t need to doubt your roots. it is strong.
We all have dirt at our roots. Show me a race/culture that doesn’t have some mess attached to it’s history and I’ll show you heaven. Some of us are so ashamed of something…deep in our history that we change our skin-tone. we straighten our noses. we put our hair through all kinds of chemical turmoil in order to hide/avoid the natural gorgeous “kinks”. In light of this recent new awareness of the “natural beauty” I saw a white model with an afro-puff wig and thought “well, how the tables have turned.”
Retrace your roots. see where you’re from. learn about your history. come to an understanding of you. Don’t go off what you think or what you’ve been told. Research it for yourself. who are you? who are your people? who is the God of your people?
Then you move forward with awareness. No confusion. Jamaicans are an interesting people. We can be the best of friends with Haitians, but don’t ever confuse the two. The two nations are very close in proximity and also very close in characteristics. So growing up I often wondered why the “quickness in clarifying”. I have come to realize, that it’s simply because we are a proud people and we don’t want to be confused with any. other. nation. Our roots rest in our history: “Out of Many, One People”. Our roots rest in our music: ska, gospel, reggae. Our roots rest in our spiritual beliefs: God is real. do right.
Our roots rest in our ability to fight for what we want (this may be good and bad depending…). Our roots rest in our ability to survive: check the backyards for fruit trees, vegetable gardens, chicken coops. We have our own mini garden-of-Eden back there. We can have our breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizer options by just walking out into our backyard. We are rooted in pride.
Our soil has everything we need for our roots to grow.
Just add water: knowledge. awareness. respect of self and others. love. respect of self and others. more knowledge. then more respect of self and others.
I’m going to end it here. because IIIIIII I have work to doooo 🙂 Just remember, your roots are strong. and when one of your leaves –thought process, habits, friendships, attachments– turn to what will cause the rest to die, just pluck it off and allow a fresh new one to grow!