The year was 2020
A World-wide one of a kind
The decade we have been looking for
At least since Barbara Walters Show
No surprise that it arrived
The shock is what it gave and took
Tragedies, PTSD, Coronavirus Pandemic and Pandemonium,
Anxiety and Depression
No time for Grieving
Psychologists and Psychiatrists are the new Rock Stars
Massive loss of jobs,
Closing of churches and houses of worship
Schools Spring Break Week became school year
Told to pack your stuff and get out of here
Parents became the teachers they thought they knew
Now have respect and gratitude
Every Lifetime Celebration
Cancelled, postponed, or downsized
Quarantining forced inside
Hospital patients in isolation
Masking up 365
At least some of us
No need to wait for Halloween
Washing hands again and again
Virtual events, meetings, and conversations
Businesses out of business with little notice and no recourse
Photojournalists can’t take pictures fast enough
Breaking News Everywhere
Talk of the Town hard to keep up
Summer arrived hot and quick
Then police brutality sharp uptick
We cannot breathe.
Marches begin in solidarity.
Lifelong Civil Rights Leaders
Resting in Peace
Yes, we are the world and this
Has been our shared experience.
But, if the truth be told,
We have all had years
That we personally never forget
That change our lives
And touch our hearts and souls.
Only God knows.
We do our best
To move forward
But know that it is only with His Help
So, the day after Mother’s Day 2020,
One of my nephews gifted me with some flowers,
As a surprise.
Delivered by my Sister-in-law,
Which was another surprise.
My son had gifted me Saturday Night Live’s
Boys II Men & Babyface Tribute to Mothers
A Song for Mama
My virtual present from him on Mother’s Day
Already had me feeling overjoyed.
My heart now was so full,
I began to cry tears of joy.
As my nephew and his mother left to go to the store
With my back turned to them, I extended my arms and hollered out
I am so happy, I don’t know what to do!
When they returned, they responded that they heard me
And they both said, “Just be happy.”
When you have had a lot of sadness
That is easier said than done.
But this time was different.
It resonated with me in a way that is unexplainable.
I got a GOD Idea.
I went to my nephew and told him to draw something
That could illustrate, “Just be happy.”
He said, “Okay.”
About five minutes later,
I came back to him and told him,
I got it, I got it, I got it!
Our Just Bee Happy Logo
Is what God gave me.
I described it to my nephew
And he drew it as I directed
And as God had given it to me.
And really the rest is history.
Our message is
No matter what has happened
A brighter day is coming.
Just be happy
Because tomorrow is not promised.
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