This week was busy as usual for us. We continued with our weekly activities of organizing the Safe Driving program and organizing the business of Toni Hill Enterprises. We gathered our resources and went out this week promoting/retailing our products and we were successful. We really enjoy marketing our products in the various communities throughout metro Atlanta. They are very unique items, such as Obama Calendars, children’s coloring books and other books which inform adults and children of our African history and ancestry.
Abasi and I have planned a family outing, inviting his sisters and brothers to come to Atlanta. His sister and niece have come once for Omari’s passing. We look forward to having the family for a time of joy versus tragedy. Coming together for sad times are necessary, but we should not gather just for those times!
As the month of March is moving along, we look forward to a family observance of our youngest son Omari’s passing. We will not have a large gathering, but will remember his birthdate of March 30, 1987. He would have been 30 years old! Of course, we are too sad! We are thankful for God’s creative intelligence, which empowered his father to create the Malcolm Omari Hill Safe Driving Program on his behalf.
I (Asha) asked a church member to include him in the prayer this Sunday – to briefly acknowledge his life and his passing. Asha wanted to avoid a making a formal request for this, which might get passed around a table for approval. No one would be conscious of what we are feeling about this, therefore, I worked to avoid this formal process for such a sensitive matter – the passing of our youngest son. We love our oldest son Rashad dearly. Though, as my mom would say, one child can never replace the other. They are each unique in their own way.
This week has been especially busy for us. Although, staying busy keeps us informed, youthful and happily married! Having a purpose in life for serving others and not just ourselves, aids in deflecting our personal problems, so we are not moping, “woe it’s me!”
I have heard many people state they wish not to retire as they fear boredom. Well for us, it has been great! Today we visited Tri-Cities High School in East Point, GA., and registered students for our safe driving program. During this visit, the students initially appeared to not be interested. Although, after we spoke with them about the Malcolm Omari Hill Safe Driving Program, we captured their attention. On October 16, 2010, we lost our youngest son Omari in a fatal car accident in Atlanta on 285. Omari was ejected from the car, along with another young man. As a result of Omari’s death, we decided to transform tragedy into a learning experience for teens and young adults. The students began to relax, listen and eventually register for the class. We registered twenty-seven (27) students today. We are excited about God’s creative intelligence, guiding us down this path of serving others.
After visiting the high school, we visited a local library, and read to the children from our book “What if There Were No Black Folks?” This truly captured their attention. I am sure they learned something new from this text.