Archive for November 6th, 2012

Instead of a video or poem, I feel like sharing with you a few things I’m thankful for. On Facebook, I have been saying something that I’m thankful for each day in November. Here’s what I’ve said so far:

  1. Today, I’m grateful for my musical abilities and talents! It has such a special place in my heart!
  2. I am thankful for all of the innovations in technology today and the genius of inventors everywhere. Without it, we wouldn’t have cell phones, iPods, the Internet, laptops, and all the crazy awesome gadgets out there for our use! I love being able to store my thousands of songs in one little place to listen to wherever I go! It’s amazing being able to connect with people all over the world from my own home!
  3. Today I am thankful for the miracle of life. It is such an amazing event from conception to birth to growing up and becoming an adult human being in the wide world. I am so grateful to be alive and learning in this great big world. I am thankful for all mothers, especially expectant mothers! You all have such a complex and awesome challenge ahead of you in the raising of a child! I’m so happy my mother chose to give life to me, and I thank all of you mothers out there for choosing life as well! I love you all!
  4. Today, I am thankful for angels. There are a few angels in heaven that have a particular place in my life. One is my cousin Alexandre Morrow. As you may or may not know, today is the day the vibrant young 10 year-old was brought to heaven to escape the pain of his brain tumor and the other woes of this world. I miss him every day and even have a tattoo of a monarch butterfly on my shoulder in memory of him. He’s always with me, and he helps me remember that I should always enjoy life as though I’m a child, open to everything and not taking it too seriously. I was 14 and a freshman in high school when we lost him. 8 years have past, and it’s amazing to see how far I’ve come.The next angel in my life is Alex’s father, Jim Morrow. 4 years after his son’s death, he was killed on the day before Thanksgiving in a car accident. Yet another angel that was brought to heaven too soon… I know that the two of them are together having fun and exploring the sky while looking down on us with love and care.My Aunt Clara was a family friend. I knew her when I was very little, and she loved angels, art, and music, especially opera. I can’t remember how old she was when I died, but I was young. It wasn’t until I went to Webster University and was pursuing a Music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance that my mom told me how much Clara loved to go to Webster to see the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and enjoy all of the arts performed there! At that moment, I realized where my talents in the arts and singing came from! She has been helping me through my training all this time! My own personal Angel of Music.Finally, the other major angel in my life is my grandfather, Gerald Koch. He died in 1984 before I was born, but I have always felt him by my side and supporting me. When I was really little, we had a swingset in my backyard that I loved to play on. I didn’t know how to swing though. My mom was with me, and after a while she saw me swinging. She asked how I learned, and I said, “Grandpa Koch helped me and was pushing me.” I don’t remember this, but it makes me smile. I’ll meet him someday when I go to heaven.
  5. I am thankful for each and every one of my friends both past and present, near and far, young and old in my life. I can’t express in words how much you all mean to me. Thank you for speaking up for me when I was too shy to defend myself. Thank you for being there to listen when I needed to rant about my woes. Thank you for feeding me when I was hungry and couldn’t afford to get food. Thank you for giving me shelter when I needed to stay with someone. Thank you for remaining my friend through all of my challenges and tribulations. Thank you for thinking I’m beautiful when I couldn’t see it. Thank you for telling me that I’m beautiful and worth living on this wonderful earth. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for being you. I love you.
  6. I am thankful for having the right and privilege to vote. 100 years ago, women weren’t even allowed to vote. I’m so thankful for the suffrage movement! Women are such a strong force in this nation, rising up for our beliefs and making our voices heard! I am thankful that it’s no longer older white males that are controlling our country. (Hopefully this remains the case…) Every race, gender, and religion deserves the right to have their voice heard and respected. No one type is more important than the other. In a couple hours I will be voting for my second election. In 2008 I was excited about all of this. Now, I’m actually nervous and a bit frightened when I think of the  possible outcomes that could happen. I just hope that the people who are going out to vote today are making their choices based on research and true beliefs, not just because they don’t want a black guy in office or because one single issue a candidate stands for. That’s not the right way to make a decision. Vote for who each person is as a human being. Vote for who you think will be the best leader for our country. Vote for someone that other countries won’t despise and seek to start a war with. Vote for a good person. I will not hate or criticize you if you have chosen to vote for Romney, even though I am personally not voting for him. It’s your right, and if you personally and wholeheartedly believe he is the best person for the job, then fair enough. Don’t hate me for wanting Obama either. May the best candidate win today. I’m hoping and praying it’s the right one.



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