July 13, 2010
Lloyd's Pondering are experiences and thoughts I pray will encourage and inspire you.
Easter Pansy, my wife's 97 year old grandmother lives in a nursing home. She lived on her own up until a year ago. Mary and I attribute Easter Pansy's unique youthful energy to having to care for her live-in Down syndrome son, Davey, for the past 50 years.
Davey became ill and was placed in a nursing home. Without the daily responsibilities of caring for Davey, Easter Pansy's age caught up to her and she too was placed in a nursing home.
My wife Mary was raised by her dad and stepmother whom she considers her mom. Mary's birth mother, Easter Pansy's daughter, has refused to meet me because I am black. She and Mary's dad divorced when Mary was a toddler.
Over the years, Mary's birth mother has maintained a minimal relationship with her; an occasional phone call, birthday and Christmas cards. When she heard through the family grapevine that her daughter had married a black man, she said she would never meet or acknowledge me. Mary and I have been married thirty years.
A few years ago, Mary and I flew up to Baltimore from Florida to visit family. Mary wanted to visit her 93 year old grandmother Easter Pansy who at that time was still living alone and caring for her son Davey.
I thought, "This woman is from a era when interracial dating was considered shocking and shameful." Despite Mary's disagreement, I told her I would drop her off at her grandmother's house and to phone me when she was ready to leave.
Mary said Easter Pansy asked, "Where is your husband?" "He dropped me off," she replied. Mary said Easter Pansy ran outside to the curb to catch me. Easter Pansy told Mary, "You tell that young man he is always welcome in my home and I love him."
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An elderly white woman whom I never met said she loved me. I learned that you can not make assumptions about a person's feelings regarding race by where they are from or when they were born.
When I finally met Easter Pansy, she gave me a great big hug. She was a radiant, strong and independent woman of character; an awesome human being.
Lloyd Marcus (black) Unhyphenated American, Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer, Author, Artist & Tea Party Patriot
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Self proclaimed Black Unhyphenated American, Lloyd Marcus is a featured columnist on American Thinker, Renew America, Canadian Free Press and numerous other Internet websites. A speaker, activist, singer/songwriter, recording artist and entertainer, Marcus was a featured act on the historical 2009 Tea Party Expressed Tour. The finale event was the Sept. 12th Taxpayers March and Rally in Washington DC where Marcus performed for a million people.
His appearances include FoxNews, CNN, PJTV and numerous TV and radio programs. He emcees and performs his patriotic original songs at rallies and special events across America. He was the featured entertainment at the 2009 Free Republic National Convention. Marcus' mission is to use his God given gifts to spread the "truth" that Conservatism is best for all Americans. He resides in Central Florida.
An elected official, Marcus is Chairman for Precinct 424, Volusia County Florida. He is also Creative Director for the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County.
Lloyd Marcus, Singer/Songwriter of the national "American Tea Party Anthem." President, NAACPC (National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of Color)