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Whenever you strike out on your own there will be people who say probably the most horrible shit you’ll ever hear. I know when I left I had my own sister hold my hand and tell me I’m making a horrible mistake. Out of all the people who shitted on me on my way to the Empire she hurt me the most. My brothers I said fvck’em old cowards and my mother I just thought she don’t know what this world is about. But, my sister who knew me very well had me second guessing for days as I drove on the 10fwy to the 40fwy and finally to Baltimore. She cut me deep.
Now fastforward some years and the next generation of Freeman’s are about to take on the world. My cousin who is 21 got up and moved from the Bay to Vegas with some friends. Now I’m thinking she better not be out there prostituting or stripping as the only devils that live in Vegas are feins. My nephew and I are definitely into his feeling himself phase where everything we talk about seems to be worth fighting over. I can’t knock it though as I prefer aggression over passiveness any day. But, nonetheless he’s in full asshole mode.
Now I sit back and think damn why do I think so negatively about where they are going in life. It’s like I’m worried they aren’t prepared but shit I was there when they came up and I know they can maneuver like me if not better. I could be sitting with cats with a Key and I was like where’s the nachos. I had cats around me with militia artillery and was cracking on them like they were punks. I mean if I could survive the evils why can’t my kin who come after me.
So this time instead of being a asshole I’ve been the other way. I tell them all they are going to make it but be ready to adjust to what life throws your way. I tell my girl cousin to not depend on any Man at this age because none of them are serious and if they are they’ll be it at 25. I tell my nephew it’s his time to be his own man and to no longer be beneath us but beside us. I tell him until he produces he’ll always be thought of as kid.
I just decided I wasn’t going to worry about the evils as they are wise enough to avoid them, strong enough to endure and smart enough to outsmart them. Now I would be lying if I didn’t sit here thinking about what else might come their way. But, I decided I won’t be the kind in the family that discourages you and makes you second guess yourself. I decided to be the kind of family that encourages and let’s you know if you need my help just call and we’ll get through it. In the end they come from me and my family blood line so if the majority of us are tough enough then they should be too.