Living for the Weekend


“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally.

“Somewhere over the rainbow” The rainy day cast a magnificent rainbow over the wedding celebration of Napoleon and Christy Sykes at the gorgeous Woodstock home of Brenda and Napoleon Sykes as they introduced their new daughter-in-law’s family. The wedding in Chicago and the reception was a culmination of a week of activities joining the Williams family of Chicago with the Sykes family of Woodstock. Guests travelled from Alaska, Chicago, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York to show their love for the newlyweds. The guests enjoying the Sykes’ hospitality included the bride’s parents Betty and Wayne Williams, Melissa Williams, Kendra Sykes, Tanika Sykes, Gwendolyn Robinson, Tia and Anthony Robinson, Kia and Amani Wyatt, Dr. Guy and Joslyn Alexander, Jared Alexander, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Klein, Josh Klein, James and Tori Adams, UNC-Charlotte Head Football Coach Brad Lambert, LA Lakers video department chief JJ Outlaw, Kyle Harrison, Albert and Myra Queen, Dr. Miles and Wanda Harrison, Cordell and Deleanor Boone, Jessica Brovitz, Wallace Baker, Vernon White, Tasman Johnson, Kenneth Harrell, Josh Perry, PJ Gilbert, Maxwell Davis, Benson Erwin, Toria Turner, Norman Rich and Meredith Scott. The newlyweds live in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Arts District.

“If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first.” Lois Wyse

Over 30 children spent the day at my home enjoying arts and crafts, dancing and swimming at the annual grandparents’ day. In past years, the grandparents outnumbered the children but like the Temptations’ song, “Its growing.”

“That’s what friends are for.” Friends without grandchildren participated by cooking, grilling and serving as lifeguards. My son Keith became everyone’s favorite uncle as he kept close watch over the festivities.

Delle and Danny Henson’s grandchildren Daniel and Bryanna celebrated their birthdays and Russell and Tina’s granddaughters Jade and Brooke Jolivet provided guests with washable tattoos. The youngest was Reggie and Sharon Pinder’s 19-month-old granddaughter Delphina enjoying the company of the older children. Eugene and Sara Smalley’s great -granddaughters delighted the crowd with their dance steps. “Ain’t it funny how time slips away…” What a thrill watching 6-year-old Daniel, who was 9- months- old at the first grandparents’ day, proclaiming “I can swim,” as he dived in the pool without a vest.

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.” Chankya

The death of Lloyd Mitchner closed a chapter in the life of those who volunteered during Mitch’s term as AFRAM director. During Mitch’s tenure, we unselfishly gave our time, volunteering for an event that brought joy to the city. The top-notch entertainment included Heavy D, Big Pun and Dru Hill, many unheard of before AFRAM.

“May the work I’ve done speak for me.” Mitch’s compassion in threading the fabric of AFRAM into a cultural event was emulated throughout the nation. The late nights and early morning meetings guaranteed a successful event with a group of dedicated volunteers buoyed by his unswerving commitment to public service. Mitch created an atmosphere of service that is defined in Luke 12:48 “…to whom much is given to whom much is required.”

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Wake up everybody.” and register to vote. Rome wasn’t built in a day and President Obama can’t get it all done in one term. Go to www.gottavote.org to get the facts.

“Smile you’re on candid camera.” Allen Funt “I’m a road-runner” and sometimes they call me “Speedo” but my real name is…. at least I didn’t think I was “Speedo” until the recent onslaught of tickets. George Orwell’s book {1984} talked about cameras and big brother watching; but why me? If you want to know where the cameras are located just ask me; I think I’ve gotten a ticket from every location.

“For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come?” Hamlet

Condolences to Pastor Karen and Leonard Bethea on the death of her mother Estelle Stanley, to Janice Clash on the death of her mother Barbara Faulkner and to Peggy Washington on the death of her cousin Margaret Waddell.

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” Emily Dickinson

Happy 88th birthday Dr. Homer Favor, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Kevin Thompkins, Sharon Walker and Thurman Pinder, remember celebrate the “best is yet to come.”

Oops, or as the young folks say, “My bad,” blame it on my age and not my heart but I forgot to wish my grandson Matthew Lee Packer of Fairfax Station, Va. a happy 16th birthday and the honorable Nelson Mandela a happy 94th birthday. Both were born on July18.

It’s your anniversary! Happy anniversary Gloria and James Brogan (Peck and Tootie) and Mildred and James “Dickie” Harris.

“Songs in the Key of Heartbreak” is another patch in the legacy quilt this author hopes to leave. Some will call it a coming of age novel. D. Cornell Butler, Jr., a native Marylander is a self-described music lover and hopeless romantic. His first novel “Songs in the Key of Heartbreak” to be released Sept. 4, is the first of a three-part series chronicling one man’s journey to truth, life and love. Connect with him on Facebook, his website http://dcornellbutlerjr.com or follow him on Twitter @TheRealDCBJ.

“I’ll be seeing you in old familiar places.” Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch

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