Reflections on Dreams:
When late Emeka Amamgbo opened this store (The African Caribbean Food Market, a.k.a Man Must Wak) in downtown Oakland, California, I was living in LA, we had only been dating for about 7 months at that time. He asked me if I didn’t mind being married to a “crayfish seller” Hahahaha. I laughed out loud and said, “even if you are a janitor, as long as you have an honest living, it doesn’t matter to me”. I was modeling and working and going to acting school at the time. I had moved to LA from D.C. and I had big plans. It didn’t include a love story or moving to the Bay Area. I had driven cross country during a snow storm on 3 cylinders in my Toyota Corolla that died a few months after I arrived. Lol!
I never dreamed I would move to Oakland and leave my dreams behind to become the wife of a specialty store owner. But I did. Love will make you change your dream and dream a new dream. I dreamt of becoming a wife and mother.
Alas! That love story came to a tragic end. I found myself a widow, a single mother and business owner all in one day. I struggled spiritually, emotionally and financially for years. Thank God for the help of God and the support of my immediate family and tight inner circle.
My customers, are a huge part of why we are here today. Thank you so much dear patrons. Many came to me to tell me, “people are taking bets on your business failing and crumbling in 6 months or less, but we are pledging our loyalty to you to support you. Even if your prices are a few dollars more than your competitors, we will support you”
Those customers have permitted me to live my dreams with their support & encouragement.
Now 19 years later, they’ve helped keep a dream alive even though the originator of the dream is no longer alive. Wow! Reflect on that.
God has no rival, he has no equal. He took an ignorant and clueless me and gave me a baton to carry and 10 years later, through his grace, we are here. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.
Keep your dream alive. May it never die. So many died while dreaming, while going to the promised land. They never saw the dream come to fruition fully, but the generations that came after them did. You carry greatness within you. Don’t give up now. I’m rooting for you.
I love you.