HERE’S TO YOU: An Open Letter to a Friend

NGSC: Kenita Stubbs
I take the time to reflect on a friendship that’s been dear to me since I was in elementary school. It’s a friendship that I don’t have to question any betraying intentions. There have been times when we did not quite agree on things. Also there was distance in our friendship due to relationships, responsibilities,  life, and to “keep it naked”, there was distance due to anger, hurt, misunderstandings, stubbornness, neglect, and downright lack of concern for one another to a certain degree.  Some may wonder “what kind of friendship could this be”? This is the kind of friendship that through it all, I would say I’m STILL blessed to have.
This friend is a beautiful, talented, loving, strong black woman!  Through our ups, downs and distance we have grown and matured in many areas of our relationship and have become even stronger, closer and wiser. It feels as if we have never skipped a beat! We have owned up and taken responsibility for decisions and choices we made that contributed to occurrences that caused distance in our friendship which made it all well worth everything we have gone through! So I would like to take the time to celebrate my friend SHEMEKA MICHELLE HARRIS!!
Shemeka, HERE’S TO YOU for being a brave, smart, courageous, strong willed, encouraging, spiritual, REAL, LOYAL, AND HONEST friend!
Here’s to you for being a shoulder to cry on, a partner to laugh with and for being by my side through thick and thin. You’ve loved me through my good days and loved me through days I didn’t even love myself.  You’ve comforted me during times I felt I could not carry on! You forced me out of bed (uninvited) when I wanted to lay in self pity. So I would like to reflect and celebrate you my friend! I am so proud of you! I’m also your biggest fan! I will continue to love support push and encourage you! I would also like to thank you for being obedient and stepping out on faith and operating in the gift and vision GOD has gave you a long time ago! Your creativity, talent and vision, has provided me an avenue to express and open up about my life’s experiences and because of it, dark places that had been hidden in my life have become uncovered and it has brought forth healing through my expressions.  Who would have ever thought telling the NAKED truth would be so therapeutic?
I decree success over your vision and your life! Although I don’t feel you get the support you truly deserve and it’s sad that your main supporters are somewhat strangers and associates, they are rooting for you and believe in you more than the people that should believe in you! How hard is it to hit “like”, comment or share if nothing else? But they are quick to comment on and share things about people they don’t even know and right here in our own city is a woman doing something real with great purpose but can’t be shown “any love” or support locally but I digress! They will all catch the vapors and remember you and claim you when they see your name up in lights! You will be well known all over and NAKEDGIRLZ will go worldwide! I will always support you and be there for you! I will always celebrate you, your accomplishments, and small beginnings! I love you to life! Continue to “DO THE WORK” and promise to “keep it naked”!!
Shemeka Michelle Harris (Marie) HERE’S TO YOU!