If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it?
My Grandmother Eva Palmer’s Musical Sewing Box. It plays “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” My collection of African-American figurines. Some special edition Collectors plates created by African-American artists.
If you had a box labelled ‘happiness’, what would you put in it?
Happiness is spending time with my brother Stephen, my cat Sylvester, being outdoors in sunny warm weather, and photography. I don’t think either Stephen or Sylvester would like to be put in a box. On the other hand since Sylvester is a cat maybe he would like being in a box but definitely not Stephen!!
What do you want more of in your life?
Free time and money!!
Daily Life List: What do you do on an average day? Make a list of your usual activities you do each day.
Since I still work a full-time job I spend Tuesday through Saturday at my workplace.
Working in the security field I spend a lot of time at work since the job entails generous amounts of overtime. So between my commute which is one hour going and another hour returning home, plus 8 to 12 hours spent on the job that’s pretty much the majority of my time. This is why I enjoy my Sunday/Monday weekends and look forward to retiring in Spring 2018.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Being invited by Gov. Andrew Cuomo the the Paid Family Leave Rally held last Friday at the McBurney 14th Street YMCA!! It’s not every day that a working class woman like me gets a call from the Governors Office!! Kudos for Gov. Andrew Cuomo for reading the New York Times article done on me and Stephen last year.
Hearing Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden speak and endorse Paid Family Leave was an exhilarating experience!! As some of my long-time Followers know I’ve been fighting to get FMLA from my job so I can care for my developmentally disabled brother Stephen. Truly it has been a long and winding road but I owe many Thanks to Congressman Hakeen Jeffries, my legal Team from A Better Balance, Gov. Andrew Cuomo who I have faith will push through and make Paid Family Leave a reality for the citizens of New York and Vice President Joe Biden!!
Looking forward to attending Buddhist Prayer and Meditation Services at Shinnyo-en New York City temple with my Japanese girlfriend. I thank all my Friends whether they be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist for their unwavering support and encouragement in my efforts to secure FMLA for Stephen.
This act did not pass otherwise I would not be having my current troubles. Hopefully it will be reintroduced once again and pass this time. I’ve been working closely with my contact at my Congressman Hakeem Jeffries office as well as my union DC 37. These last seven years have been a real struggle for me and Stephen and I’m hoping that soon we can stop struggling and start living. We are ready for a breakthrough.
This bill brings some hope but it will not cover my situation.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Kindness of Strangers.”
The Kindness of Strangers
When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!
When the New York Times did an article on my brother Stephen who has Autism and me. We received an overwhelmingly positive response and several people actually sent donations to help us out. Some funds came via PayPal and some via the New York Times reporter who sent the check to my home. I was very touched and moved by their kindness. Lord knows I needed the money. Even though I work hours and hours of overtime living in an expensive city like New York can quickly and easily drain one’s finances. I’m still very grateful for all the monetary gifts. It has been a real struggle for me to make ends meet and do those little extras that my brother Stephen enjoys.
I also appreciate the opportunity to share my story with others who will spread the word and help get the Family Medical Leave Law changed to include siblings and be Paid time off. A couple of Saturdays ago I met with my Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and gave him a copy of the article. Exposure is the key to changing the laws to not only help me and Stephen but for all people with developmentally disabled siblings. Please support PAID Family Leave that includes siblings and if you are in New York city the Caregivers Bill currently before the City Council. Thank you and God Bless.