By: Joseph Green

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming I help you become that.”- Unknown

This quote reminds me of the words spoken to me by my lovely and beautiful grandmother. She has always treated me as a man and King. My beautiful grandmother has been one of the biggest contributors to my growth. She has ALWAYS been by my side. She has encouraged me to take accountability and responsibility for my life. Today she still pushes me to be great despite my circumstances.

When I think about the influential people who have helped me throughout this journey of growth and maturity, I’m humbled and so grateful to have many to choose from. However, I think that this is the perfect time to give my grandmother her roses and praises now. It’s said, “Give me my flowers while I can still smell them.” I want her to know that her work in my life was not in vain.

My grandmother has been such a huge influence in my life. She has become my best friend. She has always given me positive thoughts and undeniable love. Granted, no one’s perfect but if you know my granny she keeps it real. She a gangster.

She has always encouraged me to use this minor setback to better myself. She has always encouraged me to fight for my name, my innocence, and my freedom. She taught me to never allow other peoples opinion of me to become my reality.

I want to take this time to say Thank You Granny for all your love and support. You have been such an influential person in my life. You have always shown self-respect and dignity as a woman. Thank you for being the best grandmother ever……….

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