Short Story Sunday-The Channing Hall Boys:Part 3


Dove 

Putting back on my clothes,I looked back at Tasha’s naked body laying in bed sound asleep. I couldn’t help but smile to myself. I was known amongst my two best friends as the ladies man. All the girls from around the way wanted to get with me and I couldn’t blame them. Standing 6 feet tall, dark complexion, muscles and dread, ask any girl and I bet she would tell you that I was the man. I could wake Tashe up and let her know that I was leaving but nope I was good on all that. 

I left her house and walked to my house where I lived with my aunt. Today had been a great day. I had celebrated the last days of being in the hood with my family before it was time for me to head off to college with my two best friends. I’m not going to lie, I thought that I wasn’t going to graduate from high school. But Sammie and Justin helped me to get my grades together to make sure that I was going to college with them.

I lived in the projects with my Aunt Jewel who I loved dearly. She had took me in when both of my parents decided that drugs and alcohol was way more important them being a parent to me. When I walked in the house I noticed that Aunt Jewel was on the couch as th nightly news watched her sleep under her blanket. I walked to my room and pulled my phone out of my pocket and laid across the bed. I had ten missed calls and five text message from Tasha. I looked at them and shook my head and pulled up my Facebook app instead of reading one text from her. 

I mean Tasha was cool and all but I don’t know why she was blowing my phone up. I wasn’t looking for a relationship and what had took place at her house a couple of hours ago was just that, nothing more. 

On Facebook, I noticed that I had a message from this other cutie, Maria, that I definitely wanted to get up with before I left for school. She was in my inbox telling me how proud she was of me and that she wanted me to come over so she can show me exactly how proud she was. Without a thought, I messaged her back and told her I was on my way. I mean, she was fine and I really want to see how proud she was of me. I laughed to myself as I got my things together and walked to her house. 

When I arrived she was there standing, waiting, in barely nothing. I reached in my pocket to pull out a condom. She took it out my hand and said, “Ohh baby, you don’t need that. I’m on the pill.” 

I dropped the condom on the floor and proceeded to let Maria congratulate me on all my accomplishments. 

That Healthy Lifestyle 

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday ­čÖé

It is almost a year since I had my son and I have been trying to get healthy for about six months now. I have changed my diet and I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a weeek. Yes, I said try (haha).  Sometimes when I wake up I would much rather stay home and play with my son then go to the gym to sweat. (I know ­čÖä) 

So far, I have lost some weight but I am still not where I want to be. Which brings me to my question. Why is getting healthy so hard? Or maybe, it is not hard at all and it is just me. 

I am fine with eating healthy and I don’t mind working out, really I don’t. For me it’s more about staying consistent. I can do good for a week or so and then I just slip back into my old habits. 

I guess I really need to change my outlook and mindset on the whole “getting healthy” thing. Then maybe, I will be able to commit to this journey for more than two weeks. 

Now as I write this, I realize that I really want this for myself and that I need to make the necessary changes in order to see the results that I want to see. I believe doing something, like getting healthy, is a mind thing and if I put my mind to it I can achieve because healthier is better. So with that being said I’m committing to this healthy lifestyle and I’m definitely going to keep you guys posted on my progress. 

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

Mid-Week Motivation 

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! 

It’s the middle of the week and I know that a number of you guys are counting down the days until the weekend. I hope that everyone’s week is going great thus far and is filled with great possibilities and blessings. 

I just want to remind each and everyone of you that is reading this to stay focused on the goals that you set for this week. Also, I want you all to remain positive. I know that the work/school week can get hectic but just keep going and to try to keep a smile on your face. 

I hope this little mid-week motivation keeps you all going for the rest of the week. Until next time… 

-Toya 

Stop Dreading Mondays!!! 

Hello everyone!! Happy Monday!! 

I hope that everyone had a great, fun filled weekend. Even if that means that you did absolutely nothing but relax. Now that the weekend is over, for most adults, it means that it’s time to start the busy work week. 

As I stroll on my social media this morning, I notice that a lot of my virtual friends are making post similar to this… 

Which got me to thinking. Why does everyone hate Monday? Why is this day dreaded most by people? Well, I’m here to tell you to STOP DREADING MONDAYS!!! Yep, you read right!

In my opinion, Mondays bring so much to the start of the week. I look at it as an time to start fresh or to start a project that you always wanted to. Maybe start reading that book that has been collecting dust on your coffee table or start going to the gym. 

For me, Mondays bring new opportunities for the rest of the week. It also has the opportunity to bring new blessings and new adventures. I think that with starting the week off with a positive mindset that positivity will follow you throughout the week.  

So instead of waking up on a Monday dreading the week to come, wake up and say, “Oh hey Monday, I’ve been waiting for you!” 

Please leave comments below letting me know how you spend your Mondays. Until next time…

-Toya 

*Picture taken from Google. 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 1

Justin 

Just sitting back listening to the music and enjoying the weather at my going away party. Everybody from the neighborhood, my friends and family came out to show mad love on this Saturday. My Moms had the grill going as she stood and laughed and joked with her friends. I could hear her saying, “My son made it y’all, he’s going to college!” I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about the long road to get to this day and to just think that in less then 48 hours my two best friends and I were leaving the rough streets of New York behind and traveling to Georgia to college to make something of ourselves. Myself, Sammie, and Dove all made a vow that no matter what we would graduate college and become the best men that we could. Growing up in the neighborhood that we did, you didn’t see black boys going to college too often, so you could only imagine how excited everyone was once they found out that we all had made it. 

“Don’t forget about me man, I’m proud of you man!”  I turned as I seen Dove’s cousin Boo shout to him as he headed my way. “What’s up Dove, my man!”, I stated. He looked at me with a grin on his face and said ” Yoo, you see how Tasha looking over there, mannn.”  I couldn’t help but laugh. He was the one out of the group that chased the ladies the most. ” You thinking about Tasha when we are on our way to college. Bigger and better things bro.”  I told him still laughing. He shook his head and started walking towards Tasha. 

My Mom started to yell for everyone to move towards the porch because she had an announcement to make. I started to walk towards the porch as my eyes connected with my mother’s. I knew she was proud of me but I also knew she was more proud of herself. And she deserved to be. After having me at a young age and working hard to provide for me, she had been told more times to count that she could not raise a boy by herself and that she was not in the position to give me a proper life. So, I knew how she felt now that she had raised me to become the man I am today and is getting ready to send me off to college, when everyone had thought that it was impossible. 

I seen my other best friend Sammie, and his girlfriend Rachel sitting off to the side not looking too happy. I knew that with him going away to college it had caused some tension between them and I hoped that they would figure it out because I like them together. They had been together since freshman year of high school and I knew that they loved each other.  

My mother called me up to stand next to her as she addressed everyone at my party with tears in her eyes. By the time she finished telling everyone how proud she was of me and about the hard road that lead to this very moment, there was not a dry eye around us. Even I shed a few tears.  

**Thanks everyone for reading the first part of this story. Be on the lookout for Part 2 coming next Sunday. Also, remember to comment so that I can interact with you all. Until next time… 

-Toya

Introducing My New Series : Short Story Sunday 

Hello everyone! 

I would like to introduce you all to my new series, Short Story Sunday. So basically I will post a short story or an continuation of a story that I am working on each Sunday. I look forward to sharing my work with you all and I also want to say thank you to everyone that had shown me love so far! 

Tomorrow I will start the series off with a story I am currently working on called ” The Channing Hall Boys”. I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I am enjoying writing it. Enjoy your Saturday guys! 

-Toya 

Welcome To My Blog!!

Hello everyone!! My name is LaToya but you all can call me Toya :). This is my first blog every but I have had a passion for writing since I was a little girl. Okay, so a little about me…I am 27 years young (haha), I am married to my wonderful husband of five years and we have a handsome little boy who is turning one at the end of the month. I can not believe that we are about to have a one year old. You would think that I have everything planned for his birthday already, right? But…I don’t, I cant decide what will be perfect enough for our little guy, but more about that later. So yea, as I was saying, I love to write, read, and take pictures. Today I went to the library (I know the library!) and got a few books and have started reading a book by the name of “The Neighbor” by Lisa Gardner. So far so good. I will definitely keep you guys updated with that. With this blog I want to share my life with you guys ( such as my family, being a first time Mom, being young and married, etc) and the little successes and fails that come with my life. I hope to keep you guys entertained enough to keep coming back and reading more. Please comment and like so that I can interact with you guys. I look forward to seeing you in my next post ­čÖé

-Toya