Parenting by itself is challenging. Parenting in NY is a killer, now add some more challenging elements to it and you may be considered crazy. I remember the days when kids wanted to be firemen, police officers, teachers, doctors, nurses, and maybe a lawyer (that is if you were the right kind of lawyer).
Today kids have so many choices that without proper parental guidance you may be in for the ride of your life. Not all careers are responsible, respectable or desirable. So when you ask your kid what they want to be or do when they grow up, that may be a loaded question. You may have to get a grip, hold your breath, say a prayer, and breathe.....slowly.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting one young lady, Troi Zee, her mom, and attorney. Yes I said attorney. At the tender age of 10, this young person is a 4 plus, translation, an A plus student, an actress already standing with big players such as Ruby Dee, Hill Harper, Quinton Aaron, Bokeem Woodbine, Wayne Brady, Sharon Leal, Elise Neal, Lala Anthony, to name a few people you may recognize, what is to be her first film by Director Tommy Oliver, 1982. She is also a musician, pianist, singer, and an athlete (soccer player) and a very articulate, well mannered beauty. The manners I can definitely say are that of a child reared by both her parents, Chinese father and African American mother. Not to say that single parents don't do a phenomenal job, because I am one, but their outlook on life seems to be different. It made me proud to be sitting in this office overlooking the Hudson, this lovely family, discussing her future, her dreams, her hopes. To see the confidence of her mother allowing her daughter to speak freely and know that her daughter can hold her own.
I especially loved that her attorney was present and reviewed what I had to present, and asked the questions that would protect not only his business, but the integrity of his clients. Bravo.
We talked about her love of math, science, acting, music, the arts, and her favorite heroes Audra McDonald, Martin Luther King, and President Obama.
I had to photograph her because she is a girl after my own heart. Skirt and sneakers and nails done. LOVE IT!!! Chef Rodney LoveJones once again you are RIGHT! She is fabulous and so is that mother of hers. Divine.