To an amazing woman and true warrior, Florence Etta Henderson Harris, you are a tremendous depiction of grace, determination, grit and beauty. You have lived a valiant life with courage and zest never looking back but always forward while appreciating life and living each moment to the fullest. You are constantly evolving and in motion! What a role model and inspiration you have been to me and continue to be. I marvel at the women you are still becoming as I know there is so much more to come…. I thank you for your spirit, you are a true blessing.
I Love you Queen Mother aka (Gloria) hee hee hee (inside joke),
And Happy Birthday Uncle Cleve, can’t wait to see you soon. You mean the world to us and we love you so much!!! We hope you have the most amazing birthday yet!!
Happy National Teacher’s Day to all the amazing educators out there.
You are more valuable than all of the professions combined because you teach and inspire us all!!
In a family of educators on both my mom and dad’s side as well as teachers and healers from my in law’s side of the family, I say a deep heartfelt thank you, you are truly appreciated! And to my favorite teacher of all time Mrs. J (Choral teacher Hannah Middle School) you opened my eyes to my potential and I will forever be grateful.
In honor of National Teachers Day I especially wanted to share a letter that was written to my Sis Marian “Mern” Stepter recently from one of her past students!! Kudos Mern, I am so proud of you and it must feel so good to know that you have impacted a life in this way!!! You Rock Girl.
Quoted Letter Below:
“This is very out of the blue and I’m not sure if you remember me but you were my first grade teacher almost 20 years ago. When I came into your classroom I was a new student that didn’t speak English, had just immigrated into the country, and kept forgetting to write down her name on papers. You taught me to read my first book ad I still remember getting bags of chips for math problems that we got correct. You taught me countless life lessons and started my education in America off better than I could have ever asked for. I think back a lot on your class, my first American classroom ever, especially today as I’m completing my last class ever at Tulane Law School in New Orleans. I will be taking the bar exam in July and then starting my career as an attorney. I hope you are doing well and if you are ever in Chicago let me know, I would love to get lunch. My parents and I praise you to this day. Thank you Ms. Stepter.”
On May 5th, 9 years ago I married the most amazing man on the planet. I love you now so much more than I did then Lofty and I didn’t even know that was possible. The most beautiful thing is through you, and our two most prized blessings, our boys, I have learned to love myself as well. My love for you, my family, friends and all of the world holds no bounds. I thank you for honoring every single world that we exchanged before God. I wish for us strength, wisdom and continued blessings as we walk this Earth hand in hand, raising our boys to be good Men. I loved you then, I love you now and I will love you always.