About a year ago, I heard a story about a grown man going to the hospital to visit his dying grandma. She asked him did he know his great grandfathers name.
He said, "no." She explained the reason he didn't know his name, was because his great grandfather never left him anything. And she told him to make sure his great grandkids knew his name.
I never met my great grandfather. He died before I was born. He grew up in Louisiana in the segregated south. He raised my mom (his granddaughter). He never made it past the 6th grade. But owned his own business and taught his granddaughter the importance of education.
Even though he wasn't given the chance at an education, he made sure she knew how important it was.
She (also raised in the segrated south) went on to college and on to get her Masters degree. All while never being allowed to even attend school with a white person through college.
She raised all her kids with the same value on education. She became a teacher. She sent all of us to college, and the last four to college on full ride scholarships.
She has a doctor, a laywer, professionals, a couple of business owners, a pro athlete as her children. And she has grandkids on the same path - following the same model.
My great grandfather didn't leave me any money. But he left something more valuable.
His name was Earry Hampton. And I remember his name. And this is his great great grandson Heir Earry Hatcher. Born this morning at 6:51am. And he'll remember his name too. And benefit from what he left us. ✊🏿
21.09 my beautiful niece Lily was born 💕
Anyone who knows me, knows that my family is the centre of my universe. So when I walked in the hospital room and pink balloons caught my eye, I immediately burst into tears.. My brother and his wife Ro have 2 boys already and I was pretty convinced we were going to be building a football team with another boy. But oh was I wrong. Poor Lily doesn’t know that she’s in for a ride. Her Aunty loves shopping and she will be showered with sparkles, leopard, head wraps and pink her whole life. My heart is so full.