Thursday, September 15, 2011

When Smoke was Smoke

And here I was thinking all the time you must know I am a fan of John Mellencamp especially after he dissed Bush and all the US's phony wars of liberation.

It took guts to release an anti-war song and lots of cracka patriots turned their backs on the brother but so it is.  At the very least he pressed a just principle and he has not floundered into the nothingness of empty patriotism.

That he stood his ground is what I respect most.

I never told you that his concert in Baltimore was one of the most entertaining I have seen.  He was doing James Brown and played extra sets because folks luved what he was doing.

And the video for Cherry Bomb caused a stir.  You must remember.  I was living in Indiana at the time and white folks were pissed.

I bet they were in your small town too.

We have come a long way but not nearly far enough.  But "still we rise" because we must.  Onward! indeed and that is why I want you to know the following.

Here on the blog you have been a constant voice of support and in person your luv has never faltered even when I was too tired and burn't to know.

And you have never judged me even when you were calling me out.

I have said it elsewhere but want to say it here too.  This blog is gonna be five soon (when you remind me of the date of course) and it would not have seen a year were it not for you pushing me to open up and write.

It has been a learning process and even a healing one.  And over time I have come to know that you are one of the most special people that God created to remind us all to be humane, forgiving, and loving. 

Happy Birthday Erica!  May you have as much joy and happiness as one life can contain.  You deserve only to have the very best in life and even as you struggle with the usual know that you are never alone.

May God rest your momma.  Her memory lives.  I know if she was with you she would be dancing up a storm this special day she brought you here.  I know pops will be beaming.  Give him my luv and respect.

My momster sends her luv and best wishes to you.  I told her this kind of post was a first here and she said:"You should not make it the last.  She is a very special woman that deserves such recognition."

I agree with moms. We both luv ya stacks (the zoo too).  So go have some cake and iced Mountain Dew for me too ... ;0)

"... That's when a smoke was a smoke
And groovin' was groovin'
And dancin' meant everything
We were young and we were improvin'
Laughin', laughin' with our friends
Holdin' hands meant somethin' baby
Outside the club, cherry bomb
Our hearts were really thumpin' ..."


Ps: Oh mannnnnnnn "seventeen has turned thirty five" huh and more ... :0)

I would post your picture here so everyone can see just how beautiful you are but you have enough damn stalkers ... !!! 

Luv ya pretty lady.  Enjoy your day.


Charmaine said...

Happy Birthday Erica from New Zealand. May the lord bless you and your family with his love.


Erica said...

No way of knowing how to respond to this post except to say thank you my dear heart.

And you know I'm NEVER speechless! I think I'll substitute the Mt. Dew today for STRAIGHT VODKA! I have the day off so that should be alright. Right? Right!

Seriously, thank you for being my air.

I love you...(mom and the zoo too)

Ridwan said...

Knock your ass out home gurl :)

Happy birthday!!!!!!!!

I am sitting inside a conference trying to think about when 'smoke was smoke' ...

Now don't do anything I would not ... hell you know that means knock yo' damn ass out and go crazee all you want ...

Much luv,

Erica said...

Thank you Charmaine. Peace and blessings to you as well from South Carolina.......but don't hold that against me hey!

Dade said...

All the best to Erica. A kindred spirit is a joyous gift.

Faridah said...

Bro Ridwan: I sent an email to your you stil use it?

Sorry to interrupt Erica's bday wishes here (many happy returns, Erica!)

Erica said...

Thank you kindly Dade. Peace and blessings to both you and your beautiful Maty.

Ridwan said...

WSLM Faridah:

I am sorry my sista but I have just checked the account and replied from my gmail account.

Look forward to catching.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post! Belated birthday wishes Erica!I trust you had a wonderful day!May you have many more and stay blessed!You'r blessed to have Ridwan in your life, I know I am :)
Cousin A

Erica said...

Thank you Anisa I am truly blessed with having him in my life and acknowledge it every day.