LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

by: Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO
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“The summer smiles, the summer knows, and unashamed she sheds her clothes. The summer soothes the restless sky and lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie. The summer knows, the summer’s wise, she sees the doubts within your eyes and so she takes her summer time. Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger. Twists the world round her summer finger. Let’s you see the wonder of it all and if you’ve learned your lesson well there’s little more for her to tell. One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall and if you’ve learned your lesson well, there’s little more for her to tell one last caress, it’s time to dress for fall.”-Johnny Mathis Summer of 42

Keep your head to the sky; keep your head to the sky! Earth Wind & Fire 

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates, some of you “have only just begun” and others have completed four years or more to reach their goal. We honor you today and want you to remember, “The best is yet to come”. Congratulations to Jessie Taylor, son of Michele Brown, who graduated from Mint Hill Middle School and will attend Independence High School; Jeremiah Pearl, host of ABC2 News Tech Media Project Aqua Kids, graduated from Calvert Hall and will attend St. Mary’s College of Maryland, proud mom is Tenyo Pearl; Helen Farrar daughter of Tim and Rita Horsley-Johnson, graduated from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law; Michele Ruth Richardson graduated Cum Laude from University of Baltimore, College of Public Affairs, daughter of Jacqueline Richardson,  Shelby Scroggins, graduated from Hampton University with a degree in Political Science, proud parents Tary and Glen Scroggins, and Tiffany Trusty from University of Maryland University College and daughter of Bonnie Trusty.

Congratulations to the families celebrating multiple graduations in 2017. The {AFRO’s} Takiea Hinton is excited that daughters Leah Jones graduated from North County High School and will attend Anne Arundel Community College and Joi Shuron graduated from Glendale Elementary School and will attend middle school. The Williams household was pulsating with excitement with three June graduates, Ne’Ziah Williams from Franklin High School heading to Cheyney University majoring in business, Ke’Niah Williams from Franklin Middle School and Yohan Williams from Timber Grove Elementary School proud parents are Antoine and Nakia Robinson-Williams.

“Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour, the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”-Ecclesiastes 8:15

A picture perfect Saturday as Michele Emery and I continue to celebrate Dr. Anne Emery’s 90th birthday, starting with a delicious brunch at Pendry’s Rec Pier Chop house. “Can I get a window seat?” We sat in front of the floor to ceiling window overlooking the many sights along Thames Street. “Some enchanted evening” and we were not ready to end a beautiful day. Our next stop was the patio at Four Seasons’ Wit and Wisdom restaurant where we enjoyed a magnificent harbor view and Maryland steamed crabs.

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”-Psalm 90:12

Too soon, the day was ending. It was a delight being in the company of such an enchanting young woman of ninety, full of such energy and wisdom. A toast to you Anne my friend, may the years continue to be kind and may you continue to share your gifts of love and knowledge.

“Thank God that it’s Friday night and I just got paid. Yea, oh just got paid Friday night just got paid, Friday night… Party’s hoppin’, place is right…”-Johnny Hemp

Victor Green and Rose Hamm’s quarterly Friday night party across the beltway has become a huge sensation at Takoma Park Station in Takoma Park, Maryland. D.C.’s Friday night revelers look forward to the Baltimore bus to show up for an evening of go-go music, featuring a live band and a “dance floor that you can hardly move.” At the end of the evening, we formed a Soul Train line to the bus heading home exhausted from “dancing all night long.”

“You’re a winner and never let anybody say you can’t make it cause a feeble mind is in your way. No more tears do we cry and we have finally dried our eyes and we’re movin’ on up Lawd have mercy.”-Curtis Mayfield

“Only the strong survive, only the strong survive. You’ve got to be strong, you’d better hold on. Don’t go, all around with your head hung down”Jerry Butler

Celebrating two warriors who continue to live their life victoriously, Prodgelee Green-Pearson is celebrating being cancer free and Angela Alexander and her dance instructor Anthony Jones won first place in St. Agnes Hospital‘s 2017 talent show. Keep these mighty warriors in your prayers.

It’s your birthday! Happy birthday Ruth’s Chris’ Leander “Lenny” Douglass, Miles “Beanie” Bellamy, Carolyn Bell, Marshall Scroggins and a happy 60th birthday Judge Wanda Keyes Heard.

“Back when I was a child before life removed all the innocence my father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me. And then spin me around ’til I fell asleep. Then up the stairs, he would carry me, and I knew for sure I was loved. If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him, I’d play a song that would never ever end. How I’d love, love, love to dance with my father again.”-Luther Vandross

Remembering my father Benjamin Scott Johnson on Father’s Day, what I wouldn’t do to “dance with my father again”.

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” William Shakespeare

Father’s day brunch at the Forum 410-358-1101.

Happy Father’s Day friends!

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