So this past Friday I had the day off from my classes on Rikers Island, and decided to be a little spontaneous. So I bought a bus ticket bound for Philadelphia to see my girl, Jassmine!
Jassmine and I met during Obama:At the Table and has been featured on the blog numerous times. Since her move back to the City of Brotherly Love, it had been a while since I’d seen her and talked to her in person (especially after she told me I was going to be an auntie a few months ago!), so an impromptu visit to see her felt like a great way to spend my time off.
I have to admit that since living in NYC, my aversions to certain modes of transportation have quickly dissipated, and on Friday morning I boarded a Bolt bus bound for Pennsylvania. The trip was quick, and I was able to read the April Vogue issue from cover to cover before arriving at the bus station.
I can’t tell you how great it was to see Miss Jassmine waiting for me when I got off the bus. To hug her and see her smile was already a great start to the visit, plus it was a nice springy day, and she looked amazing at almost 4 months along!!
We made our way onto the train and to her house in Germantown, where I got to see her mom before shuttling off to her doctor’s appointment. Hearing her daughter’s heartbeat brought a few tears to my eyes as I realized that a beautiful little person was preparing for they world debut a few months from now. Chatting, laughing, listening and filling her in on everything happening with me and vice versa for herself, it was reassuring that we were able to fall back into our familiar pattern (keep in mind that in addition to the show, which we put up three separate times, we also worked side by side all of last summer).
The trip was over almost before it started, but I was able to reconnect with Jass, Derrick, her mom, and her sister. Whenever I interact with close friends, I realize how lucky I am to have them in my life, and to understand their value in shaping the woman that I am. Jassmine has a huge heart, a fierce sense of pride, self-esteem and self-worth, and a humility that is inspiring. After reading that you’d take a bus ride to see her too, wouldn’t ya?