So, I headed to a Super Bowl party even though I don't dig football. Thought it was going to be a night of watching and commenting on commercials and then one of my dudes introduces me to his younger brother. The brother shakes my hand and then says: "Your name is, Cheeraz, right?" I smile, nod my head and say, "Yes." The brother turns to his side, points to a young man behind him and responds, "That's your nephew."
The young man he pointed to remarks, "You have a brother name, John, right? My uncle." I look at the young mans face and I start seeing the pre-teen version of him. I jumped up from my seat, ran over to him and wrapped my arms around my now 27-year old nephew, Michael who is my half-sister's oldest son, a man/child I haven't seen since he was about 11/12-years old.
It took everything in me not to cry as he hugged me and utter into my neck, "I knew that was you. I told my friend that's my people. That's my mother's sister. That's my auntie."
I pulled back to see a face with my father and brother's features. Facial hair and all. I held his face, and we both took a moment just to look at each other.
I had to break the news to him about the loss of his great-grandmother and uncle. He hung his head and took a few deep breaths. His mood lifted as we scrolled through pictures in my phone. When Michael saw pictures of, John he shook his head and kept saying, "Wow," because of how much they resemble each other. Then, he pulled out his phone and showed me pictures of his two children. I felt a joy-filled knot forming in my throat. My oldest nephew, who I joke about being one of the most effective forms of birth control because they use to make me baby sit him while I was in middle school and high school, is now a grown man and a dad.
Tonight, I got to hear my sister's voice. A voice I haven't heard in almost 6-years. I had to break the news about grandmother and John to her, too. That shit was hard.
My sister and I promised to not let a change in phone numbers derail us, again so we exchanged email addresses.
I spent a nice portion of the night looking at my nephew as his stood there with his button down shirt and tie on, and I stole a couple glimpses of him smiling at me when he thought I wasn't looking.
Lesson: Stay obedient and life will reward you in some of the most unlikely spaces. This may require you to go into spaces you feel like you'd much rather not be, but it is the right place to receive what the Most High has to offer you.
I give thanks!