…This time, my daughter, Camille’s whole family healing from Covidflu. Yes, you heard that right; not just Covid, but the flu with an insomnia chaser that sent all of us spiraling into gangster mode for healing. I tell you it’s the worst when your family needs you and you can’t touch them. Many of you know the feeling of fear and hopelessness, which makes you affirm what you already know – God is. We are talking 24/7 alert with all participants stressed to the max, but blessed. (Thanks, Prayer Warriors). A week into healing, I had a new experience, a film crew in my home. Yes, I am now in the annals of reality film, uh, I think they call it a“documentary?” What?!!
A crew filming an Apple documentary on Alabama racial justice advocacy is scheduled to come to my home. They are featuring Camille and Project Say Something, but due to post-Covid at her house, they shoot at my home. You already know. First, I had to ready my house. Then, I found out they are interviewing me, so I have to decide what to wear to look casual,
but not too fat. They want us doing what we do in the kitchen and such, but...post-Covidflu. Hello!
Enters the crew, who is absolutely fabulous as they completely move all my furniture to reveal all the dirt I did not clean. I just threw my hands up and followed their orders. I had to mic up under my top and into my leggings
Huh?; not easy, but with the help of one of the crew members, done quickly. I sat on my famous red couch and they had to keep positioning me to the best angle for filming. As soon as they were ready, I grabbed my pillow to hold, just like a baby, I smiled and answered their questions.
We were going strong until my son, Miles, had to leave and put his dog, Bama, in her crate. Y’all, it was on!! Bama started to whimper and moan. I couldn’t let her out; she doesn’t do well with strangers, especially with cameras. I had to send her to the backyard to play. We finished the interview, and with ease, I let her back in. She walked around the house grumbling like Jaws to our laughter. Thank goodness, most of the crew had dogs.
Next, we had to wait for the star to arrive. Camille called and told me she was moving slowly and running late. I had to do a dog and pony show for an hour and a half until she could get here. Thank goodness, Administrative Assistant, Unique Morgan Dunston, came in, and we discussed some of Unique’s projects.
Our kitchen scene turned into me cooking and the camera following me. I was like, “I am not Martha Stewart!” I made baked mixed potatoes, garlic-lemon salmon, and zucchini, with salad. I tried to throw some lemons on the salmon to spruce it up, but…
Finally, Camille entered. In spite of the fatigue, she looked good. I served dinner to Camille, Unique, and finally sat down myself. (The crew ate takeout from Tzatzikis). We had great discussions about the many bills being challenged in Alabama, but nothing was better than seeing my child eat a full plate of food and asking for seconds. Again, post-Covidflu. Afterward, Son-in-love, Taurus, and grandson, Morgan, entered, and familiar laughter started, as they exited with all leftovers from snacks and dinner. Mama was happy.
At last, the crew put all of my furniture back and took out my garbage. The experience was really exciting for me, and I was so impressed with the crew. (They are also doing a documentary on Nikki Giovanni). After a long day, from 12:30pm to 8:00pm, the crew bid goodbye and promised, “We’ll be back to shoot some more!” What?!!!!!
Featured image by Millicent Garland photography
After going through h _ l l with this virus, I had a life-affirming experience. I have seen God move throughout our healing process, and this filming was no exception. It activated our family light, and through God, we showed up and showed out. Healing is still a part of our process, but I know so many of you share this experience and hold faith in knowing that with healing, renewal takes place. Ase’.
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” ~Psalms 103:2-4
“If you have health you have hope you have everything.” African proverb
“It’s all good/love/God” – Victorine
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