WOW this week has been a whirlwind of emotions……

I grew up during the Hippie period….

in the early  70’s when I came to LA …”hippies” would sleep as a economic protest in front of THE popular Night Clubs back then….and it brought down not only the values of the properties but also put some of the classic  old Hollywood  clubs out of buisness…

The day that Martin Luther King was shot…I had dropped out of Carleton College…

(to digress  I was in love with this girl Sherry and my roommate was also…and he was…well totally upset that she was in love with us both…so I figured it would be better for me to drop out ..really for him…as I was in love with him also……)

so as I was motoring  back in the Datsun convertible that my dear brother-in-law David gave me….(and frankly I NEVER could have been given a  more precious memorable gift)……we were not allowed to have cars at Carleton..so I parked it off campus at the far end of the college town of  Northfield in  a garage I rented from a farmer …

but as I was driving by Chicago…on my way to DC where my family  lived…

I was just TOTALLY Shocked..listening to the radio……that MLK had been killed….

and ever since those years …I thought  …that period was the Dark Ages and that Life would just get continually better….as people would obviously become more educated….

that racial, female,  and sexual prejudice would just fall off …..like the skin of a rattle snake molting…..

To hear about the murder of Traylon Martin …with Florida’s archaic gun laws….

It just SHOCKS me to the bone…..WHAT HAS HAPPENED…why are we regressing????

I think about our  family’s wonderful laundress

Alice

a WONDERFUL, wonderful  Black woman….with only one   eye…with wispy  thin hair…she was almost bald…..

I Loved her more than I did my parents…as she was HONEST…to me…

Alice was the only one I could share my problems with…when I was bullied at my private boys school St Albans…..I could not WAIT to get home to go to the basement – sit on a carton – and listen to her as she ironed my father’s 8 million white shirts…..to listen to her stories and her advice….

she was SOO SOO Wise….(reminds me of a good friend I have now)..

.she would say Robby…I know it is upsetting BUT I DO not have the answer..JUST BELIEVE me…

that everything has an answer….it is a progression…Your life will only get Better as time goes on….

LOVE yourself FIRST ….and THEN just GIVE as much as you can…to other people….and by giving I do NOT mean money…GIVE your heart to those who you feel are struggling…..

well ALICE was RIGHT!!!

(sigh!!)

Thank you Alice…and all of the rest of you whom have (unbeknownst to you)…helped me on this wonderful journey….

(and Donna, Samy, and Michelle  you guys are  ONE of the many!!)

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