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On Saturday, I went to a funeral. It was the first time in my life that I have gone to a funeral of someone who was close to my age. Someone who I knew. My Godbrother lost his fight with ALS last week and his homegoing service was on Saturday. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I haven’t been to a funeral( with the exception of 1) in over 20 years. I don’t do funerals. But he was my parents’ first godchild. His parents basically adopted me as a godchild when they became godparents of my younger brother.  They are my parents best friends. There was no way NOT to go.

Funerals have a way of changing your priorities in life. They have a way of showing you what’s important. And I realized that all the little things for the past month or so that have been bothering me or anoying me, really don’t mean a thing.  I’ve got my health. I’ve got my family. I’ve got life. I’ve got love.

Shouldn’t that be enough?

The one good thing about funerals is that they bring people together. I saw people who I haven’t seen since I was a child, and people I only talk to on instgram and Facebook.

And I finally got to take a selfie with my parents.

Hillarious I tell you. The first one, Daddy didn’t smile.

Mommy said “Smile Kenneth. Or say Cheese.”

He gave her a look and said “Shit.”

It was a small thing. But it made us laugh. Including him.

Laughter is the best medicine.

Like I said in the beginning of this post, it’s about priorities.

I’ve decided that laughter is one of them.

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  • Reply
    Jenni
    February 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I absolutely LOVE these pictures of you and your parents. They make me miss my parents and the fact that I don’t have enough pictures of all of us together.

    I wish I could say I’ve only been to 2 funerals in 20 years. Unfortunately, I’ve been to countless funerals of family members, friends and classmates in my 34 years.

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    kita
    February 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Tell Daddy to stop it and smile he know he wanted too lol. Glad to see him out and about and looking well. I am so use to funerals I have been to more funerals than weddings and birthday parties combined smh.

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    LeSha Brewer
    February 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your family is lovely! 🙂

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    Candace
    February 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Those pictures are priceless, especially the third and fourth, your dad looks like my kinda guy lol

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    Cam
    February 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    So sorry for your family’s loss. It’s crazy how it sometimes takes something so major to is really take stock of our priorities.

    Love the pictures of you with your parents!!!!

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    KalleyC
    February 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Yes! I agree with you 100%. Funerals will make you question priorities and help you let go the small stuff. It feels like I am always going to one in my family, since the other generation are so close in age, but every time I go (since I became the unofficial ambassador for my family) it helped me to appreciate the relationships that I do have. A great reminder to never take anything for granted.

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    J.L. Williams
    February 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    You and your family have my condolences for your loss. You are so right about appreciating the simple things in life. Although not always easy…living in a spirit of thankfulness is my constant goal. The selfie with the ‘parentals’ is too cute!!

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    Joi
    February 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Funerals always put things in perspective for me as well. I’m kinda opposite, I try to go as much as possible to support people when I can to help celebrate the life of a loved women & their going home to Jesus.

    I’m sorry for your loss but glad you got a chuckle out of pops! He looks in good spirits in the pictures.

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    Quiana
    February 19, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I’m so sorry LaShawn. I feel you on how funerals bring people together. When my grandmother passed two years ago I almost felt guilty for being so happy to see family I hadn’t seen in a long time all in one place.

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