I thought I saw you mending sails
Buying guerilla-wear at Bloomingdales…

Queen Of The Underground, Michael Franks, ‘Skin Dive’
I just happened to be checking out Midnight Love on BET and they showed a video from a woman by the name of Heather Headley. I went to her website and was totally enthralled by it- not only by the single, but her journal and the headlines. Great site. I’m going to purchase the CD. Bet.
Oh, and then BET played Wyclef and Claudette Ortiz.
Ugh. Shoot me now.

I was sitting here through most of the day trying to figure out what I would say about September 11 last year. [There are so many sites to link to, and I only have one year, so take your pick please.]
On September 11th, I got several phone calls which woke us up in the morning. As I turned to the channel, I noticed that the first building of the WTC was burning. I then saw the plane run the second building. Both buildings fell soon afterward. It left me shellshocked for the next week. On the first day that everything happened, I had been taking medicine, and I was having some side-effects, but I felt that I could overcome these effects and continue on with life.
Well, not quite.
I can also remember September 11th being exactly 14 days from the first time I had gone to the doctor in a while. A long while. I wasn’t feeling well. He told me I was pretty much under the weather. I was so under the weather that my T-Cell count was negligible. So negligible as a matter of fact, that it was pretty much nonexistent. He could describe the ailment that I was suffering from by using just one word consisting of 4 letters (hereafter known as 4LW – the 4 letter word). That was enough to freak me out, but I held my own for a while, had a plan to overcome my problems and continue on with my life.
So I got my medicine for the 4LW. I took the diagnosis and the recovery medicine in stride, or so I thought. One of the “recovery medicines” I was taking was doing its job, and I had some side effects, but figured it was something I needed to overcome. Unfortunately, the medicine was also working some overtime to my kidney system. My kidney system, in turn, was overtaken by the medicine and began working slower and slower. The kidneys became slow enough to send me straight to the hospital for 8 days for fear that they had become irreparable.
I was told by people quite a while later that at the time my prognosis wasn’t good and that there was a fear that I would die. For these reasons I keep going forward, no matter how much I feel like I’ve fallen – the same train of thought, the same way of living, that most of my friends affected by 9/11 strive to abide by.
And that’s my train of thought for today, September 11th.
Looking back and moving ahead, y’all.

7 comments on “4LW

  1. Jason says:

    “Keep on Movin’/ Don’t stop like the hands of time/ Push on/Find your on way to stay/Your time will come one day/Why do people choose to live their lives this way?/Keep on Movin’/Don’t Stop NO!”
    -Soul II Soul

  2. lisa says:

    “life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “i�m with you kid. let�s go.” �maya angelou
    *big ol’ hug*

  3. Antonio G says:

    Whoa! Jason, that was the jam back in the day …
    Keep on movin’ … Don’t stop NO!” Oh the memories …
    I’m kinda pissed that I missed Heather Headley in “Aida,” after watching her video and hearing her voice … Damn Damn Damn! I think I’ll march down to Tower Records or better yet Amoeba and see if I can find the soundtrack to “Aida” and just jam nonstop.[That’ll be perfect for my trip to North Carolina this month!]
    EJ, I’m glad to hear your doing better … and ask Soul II Soul would say … Keep on movin’ …”

  4. Michelle G says:

    Eric,you are the reason we all get up each day..because we were allowed to..reflect and move
    Love ya
    Your cuz

  5. monique says:

    EJ – keep following that beat that stays in your head, guiding you to where you want to be. It’s all that matters right now.

  6. wood says:

    Heather is great, I got a advance copy of her CD. The recording can’t compare to hearing her live, but it is a good entrance into the pop world. She was great in Aida, even though Heather is no longer touring with the show,it is a must see when it comes to Atlanta this fall.

  7. What is it with medicines that cure one thing and ravage another? Sucks, big time. One step in front of the other… That’ll do it.
    No you didn’t pop out the Michael Franks.

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