Is Suburban Living Overrated?

I spent two years of commuting from North Saint Louis County to Downtown St. Louis , for work . I was driving more than twenty minutes each way for work and my son’s school. The two of us were living in a 2 bedroom rental. It was a cute little 2 bedroom house.  I had the luxury of having a driveway a designated office space and the convenience of having an laundry area in the basement!  It was nice, plenty of space, but a not so great neighborhood!  We needed a change and I grew up near the Downtown area, so it didn’t take long for me to make a decision to move back to familiar territory. This journey was a little different because I was losing a lot of space and privacy. But, I decided to make the the jump and we moved  into a two bedroom apartment right in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, there is so much history and everything is right outside my door! I can walk to work, restaurants, shopping etc.

 My son’s school  is a  less than a mile from our house.  We went from our rental to sharing a 1 laundry room that serves 90 units!  Don’t get my wrong there have been sacrifices. The driveway is now a distant fantasy and I  pay for parking in an underground garage. Climbing three flights of stairs with groceries can be a challenge but also a great way to get into shape. I knew my son would be losing out on being able to go out and play in a “traditional” neighborhood but he loves it and he attends the Boys and Girls Club .  There is so much diversity in the city, culturally, racially and economically. I want him to be prepared for the real world and be able to be around people who are different from himself without compromising his convictions. He has a long life ahead of him and so do I!

Until next time…

Black History Month In 2015…

Recently, I discovered that America isn’t the only country that celebrates Black history month. Canadians have celebrated some form of black history long before the US. It began as a week and is now celebrated during the entire month of February. Most of us can’t imagine living during the time of the Civil War or the Civil Rights era which was approximately a century apart. But the truth is, within one century there was very little progress made between the masses. The sixties ushered in a lot of great movements including the Civil Rights movement. I can’t help but feel as though some cities across America are still very racially divided and I know that most people would like to believe that racism is dead in America, but after all of the riots in Ferguson, MO this summer you can’t help but be reminded how separated we all really are. There’s a disconnect somewhere and I don’t know if it’s fear or ignorance that triggers racism. We are so busy with being at odds with one another that we can’t see how similar we are as Americans. Black history month is a time to celebrate ALL who have contributed to the Civil Rights movement and the advancement of African Americans. There were more than African Americans that risked their lives to end segregation and empower others. There were Americans from all walks of life that devoted themselves to end segregation and promote equality. In my household we see Black history month as American history and NOT Black history. As Americans we should all see it this way. Enjoy this month and challenge yourself to embrace someone’s else’s culture.

Until next time…