To those that know me well, you might have noticed that I have not been functioning as my usual self lately, because I’m enduring a readjustment period in my life. Lately, I’ve been late posting “Happy Birthday” messages on Facebook and I’ve fell off with posting on my blog as well. Though, I may have fell behind, I have not given up and am working everyday to successfully manage all of the things I feel I need to regularly accomplish daily. I’m determined to successfully reach my daily goals and am asking for your prayers in doing so.
One of my greatest challenges is maintaining this blog. So PLEASE bear with me as I work to conquer this challenge.
One of my goals for this year, as suggested by Random Acts of Kindness, was to acknowledge people for whom I am grateful to have in my life with a Thank You Note. I am far behind with these Thank You posts, but I do plan to catch up.
I want to go back to March 26 and acknowledge someone who IS blood-related to me
and is my #2 Namesake,
Jameson Demetri Williams;
which was his 16th Birthday!
Jameson was born in 2001, is a multi-sport athlete that excels in football and track,
to my Maternal Cousin, James De’Lonne Williams, Sr. and
his wife, Tianna DeMecko Swinney-Williams.
He is their third child of four and their second son of three. Though Jameson is working hard to become a champion athlete, all of his siblings are successful athletes and they have the hardware to prove it!
His parents were high school sweethearts, been together since high school and both were devout track runners. Their track skills/abilities gave him the genetic potential to become a champion athlete.
I was living in Evanston, IL but was in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for the funeral of a GOD-Given relative, Betty Jean Route. The day I was to return home, we got the message that Cousin Tiana had been admitted in labor and delivery. Being the supportive family member I aim to be, I rushed to the hospital to give moral support.
When I arrive, Tianna was laying down being monitored. After I had been there a while, the nurse came in and highly suggested she get up and walked the halls. I walked with her. We walked and talked about old things, new things, good things, bad things; our kids, our visions; anything we could think of. When she got tired, we went back to the room for her to rest. Hours later, she got back up and we walked the halls even more.
Finally, when she reached 10 centimeters, my camera and I were right there! I watched and captured in amazement, every second of Jameson’s first seconds of life! I still have the pictures, but I won’t post them. It was the most beautiful thing I had witnessed in my life! I was so excited; I felt like I was part of parentage!
De’Lonne and Tianna followed a family traditional trend of naming their children with the first name initial J and the middle name initial D. For this reason, coupled with me being a primary supporter of his birth, I begged them to make his middle name Demetris! Tianna informed me that the naming was left solely to De’Lonne, the Dad. After my consistent begging, he settled to drop the “s” and give him Demetri!
Jameson Demetri has been My Boy every since!
Due to my nomad lifestyle, I haven’t been close enough to build a true relationship with him. Notice, my pictures are all from when he was a little guy; I don’t have any of him as a teenager. Cousin Tianna, his Mother, has been most diligent in keeping me abreast of his achievements and boy there has been many!
His Pop Warner football team, The Future, has won the Super Bowl multiple times! He has been running track with Herbert Hoover and has place 1st in the AAU Junior Olympics multiple times! He has won so many times that he’s no longer races against his opponents. He’s racing against himself to break records!
To Jameson, I want to say:
For your birthday I want to tell you how grateful I am to have you in my life. Thank you for being who you are!
I am most inspired by your determination to
I want you to know that no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I’m with you in Spirit and always cheering for you!
Park Forest, Illinois
To My Blog Followers, I want to say “Remember My Boy, Jameson Demetri Williams; because