First My Mother, For­ever My Friend

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - ihar­ri­son@sfltimes.com By ISHEKA N. HAR­RI­SON

When God cre­ated me He chose your womb to form me in And I fi­nally know now, What He al­ready knew then; That no mat­ter what life would bring Or how dif­fi­cult the strife You would shield me with the ut­most care And pro­tect me with your life. You are beau­ti­ful. You are brave. You have over­come the world; And even though I’m grown up now You'll al­ways be my fa­vorite girl. You’re my big­gest fan, you al­ways brag About how great I turned out. But the truth be told It’s re­ally you who de­serves all the clout. All the lessons taught, morals in­stilled And love you freely give. I would not be me, no not at all, If God’s wis­dom hadn’t placed you here; As my per­sonal guide, My first men­tor to shape, to mold, to teach; You would guard the walls around my heart And re­pair any breach. You would run this race right by my side Be my coach and con­fi­dante & in­still pride. You’re the one I call on when I don’t know what to say or do Your lis­ten­ing ear and sage ad­vice al­ways help me get through. Mommy I ap­pre­ci­ate you now more than I ever have be­fore Be­cause as a ma­ture adult, I un­der­stand things so much more. I un­der­stand the fact that it takes true love and un­end­ing sac­ri­fice To be the kind of mother you are; one that re­ally raised me right I un­der­stand the pride you feel when you call me your mini-me But most of all I un­der­stand the rea­son God chose YOU to be my Mommy. He knew be­fore the start of time YOU were the per­fect one to trust me with That’s why cel­e­brate and praise the Lord for be­ing truly in­fi­nite Be­cause like I said, I fi­nally know now, What the Sov­er­eign Monarch of the Uni­verse knew then. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’d need YOU First as my Mother and For­ever as my friend.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an edited and up­dated ver­sion of an orig­i­nal poem writ­ten and pub­lished in 2011 for Sherolyn Har­mon, South Florida Times Editor Isheka N. Har­ri­son’s mother.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF KOREY DAVIS

Pho­tos on page from left to right: Denise Athis and her daugh­ter Jaina; Jes­sica and Ja­mar My­ers are ex­pect­ing their first child, Ma­son; and South Florida Times Editor Isheka Har­ri­son (left) with her mother, Sherolyn Har­mon.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF HO­RACE ROBERTS

Cover Photo Cour­tesy of Eric Cap­tures. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AJA GRANT

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