Saturday, September 6, 2008

When I was....

Thinking about my life and all the things I deem successes is weird. There are things that I have long forgotten and when brought to the forefront I am like COOL! Yes I did that!

So I am going to lay out a few of my successes. Things that I think are significant only to me. I have friends and family who will gently remind me of things they think I have forgotten or just refused to acknowledge..LOL!

When I was 7, 8, 9, 10 years old I was a city-wide chess champion. I still play chess today and have started to teach my children. I taught my brothers and sister to play and they are really good.

I learned to play tennis when I was 12 years old. I was exceptionally good. By the time I got to High School, I was co-Captain of the Jr. Varsity Men's Tennis Team and Co-Captain of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team. Yes I had a lot of press about turning Pro. I have not played tennis in many many years. My daughter Briana started learning to play a couple of years back. However, basketball has become her passion.

I had my own business when I was 13 years old. A Babysitting and cleaning business; complete with business cards and flyer's. I would help women around the neighborhood with housework. I charged $5.00 a basket of laundry to iron. I would charge $20.00 to vacuum carpets, sweep floors and stairs, clean the kitchen and bathroom. I kept money in my pocket. I babysat after school. Weekends were the best!

In High School I transferred out of electronics into culinary arts. I won my first award my sophomore year at a nationally ranked Food exhibition....very similar to the Food Network cooking competitions. I won first place for a student. I made a Gallantine of Capon which is a forced meat dish (it took weeks to plan and execute). It was layed out beautifully on a gilded frame mirror the size of a small country. I also got honorable mention in sugar sculpture, working with marzipan and fondant. I have won all sorts of cooking awards all through out my High School career. I had dreams of becoming a chef on a cruise ship...LOL!

OK tomorrow more successes!


LadyLee said...

Chess champion? WOW!!

You did so much before even getting out of high school.

It is so important to celebrate our accomplishments, most importantly by not forgetting them.

Aunt Jackie said...

Wow! You were certainly allot more focused than I was at that age!

My parents got me a chess coach because they wanted me to learn how to play so badly. I thought him to be the strangest man on earth and don't think I learned much about the game, however he did allow me to play his 8 track tapes whenever I wanted and thru him I learned to love music

-Q. said...

Babz you too much luv..
You made me think of my chess team days at school in Harlema and coaching tennis back in the day at NYJTL. Girl you did everything i had interest too.. im still cooking getting tastyier by the meal- I can hold down my own holidays (cheeze)!! I gotta ask did you ever play and instrument?

I swear your life is on of the wildest waves to ride that ive ever heard of- i think lol.. much luv-Q.

Lovebabz said...


Aunt Jackie,
Well that's one way to get a music education. COOL!

I took piano lessons when I was a kid, but I had no real interest...meaning my mother didn't make me. But my youngest Brother and my Sister played instruments.

My life...LOL! Wild wave is right!
Love back at you!

Rich said...

Dang Babz, you are the bomb.