When I started working at Kroger five years ago, Whitney was one of the first persons I instantly became friends with. She was super nice to everyone….and had the warmest smile. I don’t think she has any enemies, she is just too sweet. We talked a lot. She had been taking care of her disabled mother and working part-time at Kroger. I could tell she had a deep connection to her mother, and cared very deeply for her. This was very touching to me. Whitney, so young, and was so giving of herself. It takes a lot of commitment to care for someone with those needs. It takes a toll on someone having their work take them away from someone they feel such a strong obligation. Because they are always on your mind, and I know she had to worry. But Whitney kept the smile on her face.
When LeeMondi was born, 09/20/10, I know this was a very happy day for Whitney and Jaden. I was very excited for them as well. When I first saw LeeMondi, I thought he was the perfect baby! A beauty! I told Whitney he has the features of a model! He was gorgeous! He had the most beautiful eyes, and his hair was so pretty!
I wish I had recorded the date, but Whitney came to me with a question that would make me think, and honor me so deeply. She asked me if I would take on the role of LeeMondi’s Godmother! I did not know what to say because I wasn’t sure if I was up to the challenge. But how could I NOT! After thinking about this I had to come to this conclusion. Even with the racial differences. There is Love. And Love transcends all boundaries! To borrow Newnan Native Alan Jackson’s quote “Love can walk through fire without blinkin’.” Yes, Love is very strong! I can do this! I will Live up to the honor of GG! Little LeeMondi’s parent’s presented him with a little sister, 03/03/12, Jayla ZyEria. She is so pretty and packed with personality, and has grown so much this year! Whitney and Jaden are now blessed with such beautiful, intelligent children. And I feel blessed with this opportunity to live up up to the role of LeeMondi’s GG. And don’t worry li’l Jayla, I will spoil you too.
Sadly, Whitney’s mother, Sheila, passed away, 02/16/13. It is a very difficult time for Whitney and family. Ms. Sheila had lived with them. The children are sure to miss her dearly, as well as Whitney. I can not express how saddened I am for my dear friends. I wish I could have taken some of the pain away from them. I have respected Whitney so very much for her love and the way she cared for her mother…..she was totally devoted. Her daddy told me that she was the apple of her mother’s eye. Her mother spoiled her as a child. It is clear her mother instilled some very good qualities in Whitney. She turned out a very good person. With good principles and qualities. Someone who follows the golden rule and does right by people. I saw this early on in our relationship. Whitney is a good mother to her children as well. She is sure to pass these qualities on to them. I’m sure her mother is smiling down on her from heaven.
I am very caucasian, this was ever so clear when I attended the services for Ms. Sheila. Now, I am not being disrespectful. I will tell you. I enjoyed the services. It was a beautiful memorial. I had to leave early, as I was not able to find a replacement for my shift at work. But what I am saying is I had never been to anything other than white services before. And was expecting something similar. So when told to stand in respect for the family, I did….The family was lining up at the door. I was on the back row. I was expecting, as would happen at a white service, a sad organ music tune, then this very upbeat song started with a blast! I mean I must have jumped a foot off the floor. I hope nobody noticed. It scared me to death! But I was pleasantly surprised. It seemed happier. I was not as sad. Although, once everyone from the family had seated, then Whitney got up to view the body once more, there was some organ music. At that point I did lose it. I felt so sad for my friend, Whitney.
I know there are cultural differences between me and my little man, LeeMondi. I do love him so much though. He is beginning to know me. And I want in his life. As I said before, Love can make that happen. “Love never fails.” I am just so happy that Whitney thought enough of me to ask if I would be his GG!