DEBBIE GUILLIAM POSTED ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE AUGUST 14, 2017:
[For those of you who still have your parents in your lives: You are so blessed. But some of you are too blind to realize how precious time is & that your parents won’t be around forever. You should really try to be patient with your parents so that you can enjoy their final years with them because once both your parents are gone. they won’t be back. You will not be able to make up those days you choose not to spend with them. Since I lost both my parents I feel like I have nobody. Sometimes I wish G-d would call me home because my heart feels so empty anymore. Nobody in the family really talks to me, or my beloved friend, Ronda Wade. We pretty much have just each other, our husbands and our kids (when they feel like being around us, otherwise, most of our family wrote us off when we were little, tiny girls … except for a few loving family members.]
DEBBIE GUILLIAM: G-D MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL, BECAUSE YOUR POST IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ALL THE TEA IN CHINA. IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE ME, ASK MY FRIEND, GONG LI.
GONG: Oh, yes.Debbie, your intrinsic value is only surpassed by this post you gave our world.
SCOTT: Ms. Li, why do you say that?
GONG: From personal experience.
SCOTT: Can you, or will you clarify that statement?
GONG: Yes, I can and I will. It pleases me to be of service. In my life and in the place where I was raised, it was matter of fact to honor your mother and father. It is tradition, but it is also much more by extension; all those who have come and passed away. This is our way in rural China, not so much in the great cities. Sadly, not so much anywhere anymore.
SCOTT: Do you believe that humanity can return to that state of being where the elders are respected?
GONG: Of course.
SCOTT: Honor thy mother and father. These are beautiful words. Must they be taken literally?
GONG: Nothing should be literally taken without contemplation. You may extrapolate this “saying” to mean much more or even much less. In general though, I believe it is a metaphor for honoring all those who come before us. By doing so, and listening to what our elders have to say, with all their wisdom, is a great source of direction along the way to fulfilling our own true path. Do you understand me?
SCOTT: Ms Li, I do. I understand completely with clarity because you speak that way. Thank you for your time. We appreciate you so very, very much.
GONG: Thank you. May you always remain blessed.
MY PARENTS (I’M FIFTH OF SIX CHILDREN-MAY 20-AS ART N ART & CHER-TWO MY MY FAVORITE ARTISTS OF ALL TIME). MY BABY SISTER, APRIL CARNEGIE-CANNON-MURDOCH. AND I SHARE A 10 & 13 YEAR GAP OF AGE DIFFERENCE FROM THE ORIGINAL GANG OF FOUR).
MY PARENTS WOULD BE APPROACHING 100 YEARS OF AGE IF THEY NOT BOTH DID AT 87 FROM COMPLICATIONS of ALZHEIMER’S. MY FATHER, A REVERED, MUCH LOVED MILITARY WARRIOR ICON (USA, MULTI-DECORATED MARINE FOR THE BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL DURING WW II, AN ARMY OFFICER IN KOREA & FOUR TOURS OF DUTY IN VIETNAM. FEW ARE THOSE WHO CAN CLAIM SUCH FEAT.
MY TRUTH IS SIMPLE: THIS MAN, SAMUEL LUKE, MY FATHER, HELD IN SUCH GREAT ESTEEM, THAT WHEN I WALKED INTO THE BAPTIST MEMORIAL & FUNERAL, HAND IN HAND WITH ANITA SPAWN, I WAS, AS MY SISTERS, APRIL & JOHANNA WERE, EMBRACED WITH SUCH ASTOUNDING LOVE, IT SHOOK US TO OUR CORES.
IT’S NOT A SECRET THAT I HOLD MYSELF QUITE BLESSED TO HAVE BE CHOSEN AT BIRTH, OR BEFORE ACTUALLY, TO BE BORN HOMOSEXUAL. THE BAPTISTS THERE WERE AWARE OF THIS, YET IT WAS OF NO CONSEQUENCE (ALTHOUGH THEY BELIEVE THE LIES & MYTH OF THAT “PERVERSION”, WHICH IS, IN REALITY, GOD’S WAY OF SAYING, GOOD JOB, GOOD JOBS. “I HONOR YOU WITH MY MOST DEVOUT LOVE, FOR YOU ARE TRUE DESTINY’S CHILDREN.
THERE IT IS. SO IT IS, FOR IT IS WRITTEN … ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT THE LIFE & TIMES OF SAMUEL LIKE & HIS ACHIEVEMENTS, SOME OF WHICH ONLY MY SISTERS AND I ARE PRIVY TO; (OTHER MOMENTS IN US MILITARY HISTORY THAT CANNOT BE SHARED.), ANY WHICH WAY YOU LOOK AT THIS, IT IS A GRAND ACHIEVEMENT FOR A SOLDIER AT WAR.
I BELIEVE, UNSHAKABLY SO, ANY NATION AT WAR IS A FAILED STATE, NEVERTHELESS, MY DAD WAS MORE LIKELY THAN NOT TO HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE MOST CRUEL AND DEBASING, BRUTAL FATHERS UNDER HIS ALCOHOLISM THAN ANY YOU WILL EVER KNOW. MURDER AND MOLESTATION? THOSE ARE CHILD’S PLAY COMPARABLY SPEAKING. BUT HE REMAINS A PILLAR IN THE HEART OF ALL WHO WERE BLESSED TO BE GRACED BY HIS PRESENCE.
EACH ONE OF MY THREE OLDER BROTHERS, JOHN, CRAIG & RICHARD,ALL USA VETERANS, MET THE MOST GRUESOME PASSINGS, NEVERTHELESS, WHEN SAMUEL LUKE, MY FATHER, LAY IN WAKE, MY TWO SISTERS AND I FLEW FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE HOMES, AND WERE PRESENT IN FORGIVENESS, FOR HE WAS OUR FEATHER FOREMOST, AFTER ALL.
WE BELIEVE THAT,… BECAUSE OF & PRECISELY SO, WE STAND ROCK SOLID IN FAITH OF, “HONOR THY MOTHER AND FATHER”. THIS IS EXPANSION-ABLE TO THE GREATER WHOLE AS GOOD. THESE ARE NOT JUST PRETTY WORDS TO SAY.
IF ALZHEIMER’S HADN’T TAKEN OUR PARENTS “EVERYTHING’” AWAY FROM THEM & US, THEY WOULD BE DANCING IN THE STREET AT 100 YEARS OF AGE, ALBEIT, MY MOTHER IN HER HOME TOWN OF NEW YORK CITY, MY FATHER IN HIS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.
PRESS HOME, PRESS HARD THE IDEA OF RAPID RECTIFICATION, WHETHER PEOPLE BELIEVE THEIR MOTHER OR FATHER WERE ANIMALS OR SAINTS BECAUSE THEY CAN AND THEY MUST IF THEY ARE STRIVING TO CONTINUE THEIR INDIVIDUAL PATHWAYS TO A HOME OF THEIR OWN; A DESTINY FULFILLED WITH HOPE… AND MOST IMPORTANT… THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY OF MERCY; LOVE. DEBBIE, G-D IS THE GENIUS IN YOU.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING “WE THE MULTITUDE” TO HEAL.
ART MIXED MEDIA
COURTESY OF THE ARTIST & AUTHOR : SCOTT UTLEY