Wednesday, July 18, 2007

From New York to Mexico to Washington, DC

Well, I guess I can say that this is the summer of travel for me. It all started in May when I told my cousin Chris that I wanted to share in the celebration of her getting her bachelor's degree from Monroe College. The graduation was oddly on a Monday, June 11th, but since school was out for us, I was determined to be there. She and are are the same age and I've watched her from a far work two jobs and raise her daughter as a single mom and go to school. She's got a lot of strength and when she has her eyes on the prize, she goes and gets it! Jen decided she'd join me and what do you know, they overbooked our flight from Waco to DFW! We were given $500 in travel voucher and a nice free trip in a white stretch limo in return for giving up our seats. We had a nice relaxing time hanging out with family and just chillin' lazily around good ole' Money Earnin' Mt. Vernon, NY. We even got to check out my cousin's daughter, Jade play a few games of minor league baseball. She just turned nine in May and is a little athlete, I might say!

We spent quality time with my aunt, uncle, and my other cousins and before you knew it, it was time to go! The graduation was beautiful, even though it poured down raining afterwards. During the trip however, I spent a good amount of time chatting back and forth with Sunsail who had planned a trip to see her mother in Brooklyn and Cluizel, who just happens to be a native of Mt. Vernon, about how we could all hook up at Carol's Daughter and perhaps go out to eat in the city. Unfortunately, Sunsail and I didn't get to meet, but we had so much fun chatting and going back and forth about blogging and Sisterlocks. I think I even spoke with her after the quite interesting conversation she had with her mother and aunt. I'll be in her area this week and hope we can get together. Jen and I did get to meet Miss Cluizel and Mr. Nicolay on our last night in town. Please view the slide show.

My trip to Mexico seemed to have flown by. It's hard to believe it's over. Hopefully the pictures will express the beauty of the area I stayed as well as visited. Now all my photos from my Mexico trip aren't organized, but if time permits before school starts, I'll put together a whole video. If not, what you see is what you get. Of course I know eleven days is not enough to soak it all up and return fluent and all, but it was definitely a kick in the pants to get serious about getting my Spanish back. I shall be enrolled in night classes this fall and doing private study on my own. Photos from my fotki album are here.

Now on to Washington, DC. I accepted a position at a school in our district, G.L. Wiley to teach 7th Math. I am scared, nervous, anxious, excited, and all those feelings 1st yr teachers have, I suppose. The school was on the brinks of closure this year but the state is going to give them one more chance to get their act together. The principal was a 6th grade Math teacher and the person I am replacing was promoted to Instructional Specialist at the same school. Also, on top of that, the 8th Math teacher was moved to that school specifically to help improve TAKS test scores because of her experience and expertise. She really turns students around. I say all that to say, he (the principal) assured me I was going to get good support. The school has had several years of a black cloud hanging over it, so it will be a challenge as well as a motivation to do my job and do it well. The student population is predominately black in a cyclical low income, high crime, drop out, high drug etc. area. Even with the negative stigma that has been placed on the school, I am hopeful.

Well in the morning, a group of about 40 of those students from the school will be taking a nine day Civil Rights Heritage Tour. Most of these children would never have an opportunity such as this to leave their home town and visit places in geography and history which focus specifically on Black History. The County Commissioner, Lester Gibson, who organizes this annually, counts it a pleasure to serve this particular black community's youth by exposing them to this type of excursion.

We will depart at 6:30am in the morning en route to West Memphis, Arkansas by tomorrow evening. Friday (20th) we depart for Lenoir, Tennessee by way of Franklin. Saturday (21st) we leave Tennessee for Roanoke, VA, and by Saturday night, we should be in Landover Hills, MD. I'll be calling Sunsail cause she said if I got close, she'd try and catch up with me. We will spend the next three days from Sunday-Tuesday in the DC area with our state Senator, Chet Edwards, Capitol area tour, and a visit to Howard University. We may go to church, too, but I am not sure where. By Wednesday morning (25th), we will make our retreat back to Waco via the same route arriving back home into Waco by 5:30pm Friday July 27th.

Well as usual I have to do the dreaded packing, which I totally abhor, but since we meet at 6:30 in the morn, I guess I'll stay up til I can't stay up no more.

I'll have to attend to the requests in the Locked Hair Blog Exchange in August. I'm too tired right now. Blessings.


Goodnapps said...

What a wonderful, wonderful recap.
All of the photos are stunning and your hair couldn't look more beautiful.

Congratulations on all of your success. Have big fun in DC.

Jena Evans said...

Have a good time; mentor well, and be a blessings to yourself and others...

miss ya, sis~

Cluizel said...

Awwww...busy busy busy!

It was great meeting you and Jen!

That pic of Nicolay trying to kiss Jen on the cheek is so cute! Can you email me the picS? :-)

still waters said...

Hi there

I just want to say a hearty congratulations and to wish for you only the best in all your future endeavours!!!I couldn't help but think you have a big heart Maryee!!! Blessings

one love still

ps I love the power of sisterlocks to bring people together see you in Dalla one of these days(:

Aya said...

Maryee, you are one busy lady. I am sure you will do well with your new career endeavor. Thanks for sharing all of the photos, You and your hair really look good.

Reelgirl77 said...

Sounds like you had quite an adventure! I have a cousin that was just promoted to assistant principle at an elementary school in Maryland. She deals with challenging issues involving the kids, but she enjoys it. Let me know how you do with your spanish, I'm working on mine as well.

Maryee said...


Thanks! DC was very enjoyable. I'll be updating my blog on that experience soon.


Thank you sis! I think a lot of impact was made.


I'll hit ya up off line with the pics. Thanks and it was great meeting you. The next time I'm in Money Earning Mt. Vernon, I'll be sure to hit you up!


Thank you! Yes, Sisterlocks has bought us together in more ways than one. I have one more pic to share on that one. As you will one day be in Dallas, I look forward to the gathering I will attend some day in Jamaica. :-)


Thanks so much for the support and encouragement! Hope to see you in NorCal one day, too! :-)


I wish your cousin all the best in her new position. I am sure she will do well. The school I'll be teaching at will be similar to that of your cousin. I'll keep everyone posted on my Spanish. Es muy importante aprender espaƱol!

PAYLAR said...

Wow, as a native of PG County, MD, and the daughter of a former DC school teacher, I have much respect for your excitement and willingness to help make a change.
Best of eveything to you. Love your hair!!! Paylar

Maryee said...

Thank you Ms. Paylar! I appreciate the support and the prayers! Blessings...