This was meant for GrowinUpChi.com but I posted on VG inadvertently but I’ll keep it here.
So, I’m back in Chicago. Part of the motive is financial as I get to reduce my living expenses moving back into the old place. But, I could have rented the house out and still saw a benefit. The main reason I’m back is to help bring about change. I moved because the city was dangerous and I had teenage boys.
My sons are prayerfully safe and off to college living near campus. So, me and my wife are back in the city. My oldest son really is concerned about our safety and didn’t understand why we made the decision to move back. I sat him down and talked about why we moved in the first place.
The phase of life where I need to protect my sons in that way is over. Now the phase where I need to help raise other boys and provide leadership within the community has come. After having this conversation with him he said, “You don’t have to do it alone. I’ll help you too.”
This is all a father can ask of his grown son. Not that he takes over the family business or is a success in corporate America but that he grows to be a man of integrity. It almost brought a tear to my eye when he said these words. But, we don’t have time to be sentimental. We have to get this house in order so we can start having people in our home and making a difference in our community.