Do you ever reflect back on a time when you were really really ultra super happy? I'm talking you remember the temperature, the place, the people, the smell, what you were wearing (including the shoes), you know-- all of the little spices that make up special moments? I ask because I just came across Jill Scott's "Golden" and it touched a one of those spicy moments for me.
Jill Scott - Golden
One of the things I miss most about not being back home is seeing and interacting with other black people on a daily basis. Now, Japan is cool. I enjoy life here-- it's really chill (with a bunch of people spilling out of every visible crevice) and cozy for me. But, if you like being around black people, Japan doesn't quite do the trick (hehehhehe!).
Of course, this isn't a big factor for a lot of black people here in Japan-- and nor is it for me, except when I'm having a golden moments of reflection and I think of all of my little and big cousins back home. I think of my aunts, uncles, grand parents, family reunions, "black arts festivals", blues shows, the 'classic', Historically black college and universities, people trying to make it, little girls dreaming of living in another country, 'booty music', little boys who don't think it's possible to live in another country, my friends who answer their cellphones while we're talking and say "I'm talking to my friend in JAPAN, lemme call you back", conversations that begin with "You see, the problem with Black folk in America is....", Howard University's Yard during the spring and summer, UAB Hill Center, beef pattie on cocoa bread on Georgia Avenue, bee-bops (I think this is an Alabama thing-- frozen kool-aid in a cup for $.25).... and on and on and on... That *ish make me spring to life! This *ish makes me want to pack it all up and implant it right here with me! Yeah boiiiiii! :) </end hypeness>
Anyway, I said all of this to simply say that while I am busy creating brand new moments here in Tokyo, I still have my bag full of moments that I pull out from time to time-- like today. And-- just in case you need to be reminded-- I'm not brand new.
By now, you know I'm a little mushy-type (sentimental).... (Blame my mother)
But those ARE the great moments. When the time comes for me to move on and leave Tokyo for a new place-- I'm certain I will be pulling out my brand new golden moments Tokyo bag and sharing with you also. For now, I just wanted to send a shout out to my folks back home who were a part of those golden moments...
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND :)-- Go and Make good *ish....