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  • Writer's pictureHenery X (long)

My Three Diamonds

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

If you truly know me, you know

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What we invest our time and energy in is a clear sign of what matters most to us at that very moment. — Henery X

My Three Diamonds

2022, Henery X ©

All those who know me well also know that I’m an unofficial caregiver for my mother, sister, and niece. I say unofficial because though I don’t allow my mother to do much, she’s still listed as the official caregiver of my sister and niece. I do the things that could cause my mother stress, such as the cooking, the cleaning, the grocery shopping, the laundry, etc. I feel it’s the least I can do for the person who chose life over death pertaining to me even existing. There’s nothing I could ever do that will equate to that blessing.

My Mother

Martha Ann Long, without question, is the greatest woman I know. She taught me and my sister how to read and write, long before we knew what we were doing. She taught us how to love one another, via the perpetual love she showed us. My mother loves her family, as well as friends she regards as family. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my mother, including die, if it meant she’d live. Caring for her is not a chore, but an honor, and I shall do so until I no longer need to.

My Sister

Angela Renee Long, my first ever best friend. Though we fought a lot, it was only because we loved one another so much, because we don’t pay attention to persons, places, and things that don’t matter to us. My sister has done so much for me, so now that she needs me to do for her, I’m duty bond to do so. After a miscarriage, a doctor advised my sister not to attempt to have another baby, because she would more than likely die from the experience. But she wanted a child desperately. So, she put her fate in the hands of God. Though the arrival of my niece didn’t bring about my sister’s demise, it caused her to develop multiple life-threatening conditions, mainly kidney failure and diabetes. So, she needs me, and I’m always there when she calls, as a big brother should be.

My Niece

Shemille Renee Long, who I gave the nickname “Queen,” shortly after she was born. Seeing my niece was born prematurely, she inherited several difficulties, primarily autism and the inability to walk properly. Though her life is challenging, she enjoys living, plus she’s intelligent. My mother ensured she knew what everything was by name, so there’s nothing she doesn’t know about. She loves music, and has almost every artist CD, from R & B to Country, and everything in between, she doesn’t discriminate.

Shortly after I connect with certain people, they ask me about my three diamonds, which I told them I call my three favorite ladies. These are my people, the ones who I’ve never met in person, but who I feel I’ve known my entire life. They offer me comfort in my weary times. They love me, and I love them. These are not friends for me, but family. And they always will be regarded as family, for as long as I live.

We often forget a lot, but what we always remember are the people who never forget to remember us. — Henery XThank you for taking the time to acknowledge my offering.

Remember. I’m not here to convince you to believe. I’m here to offer you something else to consider.

May we never lose our desire to outdo what we’ve already done.

Peace, Love, and the utmost Respect.

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