A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 17

Chapter 17 “Push push push,” I said. “Baby I can’t take the pain,” Jules said. “Push push push, you almost there baby just keep pushing and breathing…” _____ It was a hot summer night when Jules woke me up from my sleep with a phone call to Auntie’s house. I had seen her earlier that … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 17

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A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 16

Chapter 16 Reading and reading is all I do. I’m reading about how to be a father. I’m reading about how to be a man. Life is funny, it can be straight, then upside down, then right side up. Auntie sat me down and we talked about my pains, my loss, my regrets, my angst, … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 16

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 15

Chapter 15 Jules tells her Grandmother Rose… “Grandmomma Rose, where you at grandmomma?” Jules asked. “Gal, what the hell you screaming for, what’s wrong girl?” Grandmomma Rose asked. “Momma…I missed my period, and I went and got checked out…and I’m pregnant,” Jules said. “What the hell wrong wit you gal, I told you to keep … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 15

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 14

Chapter 14 ____ I flipped through my notebook and read some spoken word that I hadn’t finished. It made me think… Hate cries, but I see every truth preached in the language of north, south, east, and west Hate dies   Ebonic raps for these bois that don't brush or comb their naps. Now I … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 14

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

Chapter 13 ________ Today is January 1, 1999. I made a resolution last night to be the man that I’ve only dreamed to be. I brought JuJu to Atlanta to celebrate our new beginning. She graduates in the spring from nursing school, and with so much that’s happened this past year, I figured it was … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

The Young Man attends Church...  Chapter 12 It was a Sunday in December, and the air was crispy cold. I wear a beard most days in the winter, but on this Sunday I shaved. As Auntie would say on Sundays, “today is the day of the Lord.” Out of respect for her, I wanted to … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11

Chapter 11 Carlos loves… She kissed me softly. I grabbed her thigh and brought her closer to my body. We laid on the couch and we spoke sweet nothings to each other. I would whisper in her ear, and we giggled and smiled like teenagers that had found love for the first time. Her grandmother … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 10

Chapter 10 _________ “Sheena, I’m sorry, I didn’t know she was coming to town like this,” he said. “Juan, I love you, but I just don’t know if we can make this work,” she said. I sat in my booth at Gino’s restaurant. I devoured my baked chicken, cabbage, black eye peas, and corn bread. … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 10

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 9

Chapter 9 Even our supposed leaders have drama... circa September 1998 ___________ A short dark chocolate woman in here early 40’s walked behind Boss Man and screamed, “Juan, where you going I ain’t done talking to you?” “Look here Cheryl, I ain’t got time to play these games today, if you want to talk we … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 9

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 8

Chapter 8 Mr. Bill speaks…Youngster listens...  _________ When I was deep in the LIFE I started cutting out on my first wife with Brandi. Brandi was five years younger than my wife Stacey. Youngster, back in the day Brandi had shape for days. She was the exact opposite of Stacey. Stacey went to work, came … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 8