Thursday, August 27, 2015
7:41 PM
NP: The Internet "Sunset"

Blossoms has interns now and I have to brag about them. When you hear 10th grade girls say things like, "I've been natural since 7th grade" all you can do is smile. When they ask me, "What is your curl regime for your Afro?" Im like, yesssss! These young queens are on to something that many Black women my age didn't learn about until college. They ask me about how it feels to leave New York and live somewhere else... I tell them it's hard but it's going to develop you as a woman, in ways that staying home cant. If it wasn't for Baltimore, I wouldn't be where I am today. I haven't told them my life story yet but I urge them to leave home and come back when they feel ready. Truth be told, I didn't feel ready to come back but things just fell so perfectly into place. Not a day goes by that I don't get an omen that I made the right decision. 

Then, I was waiting for the A and randomly I met an 8th grader that goes to KIPP. They started school already and when he found out that my kids don't go back until after Labor Day, he sucked his teeth. I told him, "Hey, don't feel that way, you're getting prepared for your future." That's when he asked me what do I do. He was surprised when he found out that I am an 8th grade teacher. I was just tickled at his reaction. I asked him if he's thinking about college and he said he's thinking about Harvard or Morehouse. The school took them to Morehouse last year and he's been thinking about it ever since. He's from the Bronx but has dreams of a place miles away. He firmly shook my hand before I got on the train and asked me for my name. I said, "I am Ms. Clay."