A short while ago, I was working on some material for an upcoming radio show. I like to listen to compilations of music while I work. It keeps me focused without the need for changing channels and organizing hours of music. I heard a song that I had not listened to in over 20 years, George Benson’s version of The Greatest Love of All. It is one of my favorite inspirational songs. But something very unexpected happened as I listened to the words. Before I knew what was happening, tears were rolling down my face and memories about my roommates from college flooded into my mind.
Danny Pollard and Eugene Moore were my roommates during my college years at Florida A&M university. We were nerds in the truest sense of the word. We read comic books, we listened to every new piece of stereo equipment that came out as though we could afford it…:) We didn’t have much money so a lot of our time was spent studying, walking around town, swimming, and dreaming. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these guys became my family. My birth family didn’t call or visit me while I was in college and without these two guys, I would have been more alone than I was willing to admit.
Time passed and we all graduated, but we didn’t talk anymore. We lost touch. As I listened to the words of The Greatest Love of All, I realized that even though I was much older, that part of me still had more to say to my friends. I wasn’t done.
I still wanted to talk about comic books, (we never resolved the Superman VS Batman question), stereos, dreams, and the kind of stupid stuff that guys talk about when the world isn’t looking.
I also realized that I owed them a great debt. We grew up together and in reality, I would not be the person that I am without their support. When I didn’t have money, we had money. When classes got hard, we helped each other through them.
Sometimes we forget to say the important words in life because we are so busy living. Eugene, Danny, thank you for being there for me and for helping me grow up.
I miss you both and when we see each other again, I owe you a hug.