I was born in the small rural town of Pamplico, SC. A lot of folks born in my area, never leave. Both my parents were textiles workers and my father was a pastor in the A.M.E. church. I was the kid who was made to play outside all day!
My brother and I used to cut out pictures of tractors and hang them on the wall of our room! There was a field across the street from our house and I used to dream of building a house in the middle of it. The only drama we had regularly was "Church" drama. And it's the church's fault that I got so many whippings!
I guess I joined the Army because my brother did and because I didn't think I would do well in college. I saw parts of the world I didn't really want to see but all of it made me better. The most important things that happened was I rededicated my heart to Christ and I married my best friend.
I got to be honest, Erika did the heavy lifting with raising our kids. I sacrificed time with my family to get my degree after I got out of the military. We moved a lot so that I could get the experience I needed to be successful in my career. I'm glad I didn't have to miss big events in my kids life's in spite of all that.
I really thought I had done enough to prepare us for the kids leaving. My transition was uneventful but Erika with through it. I had to stand with her when both her parents passed and I was just as devastated as she was. I am glad to still have my parents in my life and I'm striving to represent them well
Today, I have not been more satisfied with my life. God has been good to me and it shows. My career is going well, I have started my own design company, and I am looking to establish a mentorship program