Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Now here we are again, Day 2 of the Temeka Johnson Weekend.
This day started with the school that I adopted last year: Magnolia Woods Elementary. We called this day the 2nd Annual Meek Day. As I arrived at the school I'm thinking to myself, after such a bad turnout with the other school, I was like "I know Magnolia is going to come through strong"... and guess what? Strong is not even the correct word. My visit there was so amazing, I didn't know what to say. The teachers were awesome, the kids that were there before as well as the new kids that were attending were great also.
My marketing team was surprised and excited about the school, as they should have been. It was their first time to the school, and they were very happy that I was involved with a school of such high class. They truly care about their students, their education and also their future. It was so awesome for me to be reminded, but for my team to see it for themselves firsthand. While there I got to read to the kindergartners. I read the book "The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza". It was so fun as the kids interacted and participated with me in reading the book. After reading to them, they sang me a song that they will be performing this upcoming Friday. I am not sure of the title, but I know the chorus is "I maybe small, but I ACT tall" LOL it was so fitting and so cute. I laughed really hard, but they performed it really well. I am trying to get a copy of that CD and maybe their performance to share with all of you. I promise that you will appreciate it just as much as I did. We also got a chance to show my Marketing team the projectory boards/smart boards that are being placed in classrooms. They were able to see what they actually do and how they work. The kids love them and the teacher enjoy teaching with them. They keep the students attention, they allow them to feel like learning is fun and I know I would have enjoyed it if it was there when I was in elementary school. It was such a great visit and I am looking forward to doing more stuff with them this year. In my opinion, there are many schools that can go to Magnolia Woods and learn how a school environment should be.
After leaving the school, I had a little down time so we went and ate at Waffle House, it was so good to see Mrs. Barbara who has been there a long time. She has always taken care of us and she hasn't forgotten us either. As she was taking our order everyone was thinking about what they may have wanted, she proceeds to tell me don't you worry I already know what you want. I smiled and said yes ma'am and she said the usual right I said you got it. My usual is a waffle with hash browns smothered, and some bacon with an orange juice. I haven't been back there in a long time, but that didn't matter, Mrs. Barbara still remembered.
That's the love you get in Tiger Town. From there I went over to an autograph signing at one of the best stores in Baton Rouge. The Lady Tiger Depot sells majority women's gear, but all of LSU stuff. The turnout wasn't what I thought it would be, but I was happy to get to see the people that did show and some were my middle school teachers. I wasn't complaining top bad, though.
From there I made my way to the celebration party that was put together for me at my Alma Mater. So many came out to support me and we all had a blast. Coach Starkey and the LSU staff and managers did a wonderful job. Everyone ate, mingled, talked, congratulated, reminisced, shared moments, and had fun. The food was great, the cake was amazing, the WNBA logo with the championship trophy on it was priceless. I was truly happy.
Coach Chancellor and Allison Hightower's tribute was so heartfelt and I truly appreciated it. I kept telling myself that I wasn't going to cry, but with something as special as that, I could not help but to cry. Then the video that was put together by Coach Starkey was so awesome, that I had no choice but to cry. To have this great feeling of being a champion and to be able to share it with all of my loved ones who have always been there for me..... ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW. The auction for the foundation went well, and everyone supported it. We raised close to $3,000 over the weekend, but most of all we had a blast....
I am working on getting that video so that I can share it with all of you as well. This has been a great weekend and tonight will be even better. I will celebrate with just friends and family tonight, but not before I go and watch my lady tigers practice.
Ok everyone that's all I have for you right now, but as soon as something else comes up you will be informed. (SMILES) talk to you soon
Friday, October 16, 2009
I have to start out by saying how blessed I am.
I have been on a natural high ever since we won the championship last Friday. WORLD CHAMPS - man it feels so great. Many of you already know that it was more about the things that occurred before me even getting to Phoenix.
It started in high school, getting close to the championship trophy, then the 2 Final Fours in college. Then, losing my college coach, the late great Sue Gunter, losing my grandmother,Jewel Johnson, etc. All off the bumps that I faced in the road was all worth it. The excitement has continued after leaving Phoenix with all of the celebrations, I came home to Kenner and Baton Rouge to celebrate as well. I'll start with Thursday.
This was the day of adopting my Grandmother's elementary school, an assembly at my high school, and a visit to Chateau Living Center. The start of it was really rocky and a little disappointing so I won't speak too much on that, I'll just say that I thought the elementary school would have been better prepared and would have done a much better job handling things, but I was wrong. So after being fairly disappointed we moved on over to my high school; now that was awesome.
They really showed me a lot of love back a Bonnabel High. The assembly was really nice - the students had some awesome questions, but most of all, the teachers that taught me were full of joy. I hugged, laughed, joked, talked, reminisced and everything while there. It was great. I also spoke with the new principal Mr. John Kulakowski who is trying his best to do some amazing things with the school. He is trying to get Bonnabel back to the way it was, back to a place an educational environment should be, and I really like the energy and enthusiasm that he is showcasing.
From there we went on over to the Chateau Living Center. The people there were adorable. They were having their live entertainment amongst themselves when we arrived. As I am walking through the door, a lady comes in behind us in her wheelchair. As I proceed to move to the side (out of her way), she says with a big smile on her face and a little raspy voice, "I just love you", as she reaches her hands out to me. "I have followed you your entire career at LSU and congratulations on winning the championship." I just smiled as I was completely stunned and caught off-guard, and I gave her a hug and said thank you. Ms. Estelle was definitely a fan not only of me, but for the Lady Tigers.
As we proceed to get further in, the entertainment is rocking. It was so good to see them with so much energy and so much enthusiasm, as they sang for their peers. It was so cute. As I mingled through the crowd, I was talked into dancing. LOL, yes dancing. So I stopped by a lady and asked if she wanted to dance, and she smiled big and said yes. My heart was just filled right then. As we danced on the floor, she begins to tell me that her parents as well as her brother were all dancers so it was something that she loved to do. She said she had been wanted to get up and dance, but she didn't want to look crazy dancing alone.
I was so happy that I choose to dance with her, and she was just as happy. I know they enjoyed my visit, but they don't realize how much fun I had and how much joy that brought to me in just the little time I was there. It was truly something special. Oh yeah, one other thing. I ran into Mrs. Benson, (her husband, Tom Benson, is the owner of the New Orleans Saints) as she was coming in to visit her mother that was inside. I had taken a picture with her earlier. I don't know them personally but I would like to thank them for keeping the Saints in New Orleans, it has brought so much joy back to a much needed city of New Orleans, and all of the people have embraced them.
That has capped the first day, and it was one that I will truly remember. I will fill you in about Friday, which was another beautiful day.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thats all I can say right now. I promise you it feels so surreal. I am beyond happy right now. I am not sure if there is enough words to describe how I am feeling. I have to first Thank the Good Lord up above for removing from what was a bad situation to a great one. I have had a huge turn around from last year. It was the hardest time of my life both on and off the court. I didn't know while going through it He was preparing me for something Great. He was molding me to become a Champion. I couldn't have asked for a better organization, and group of women to accomplish this with.
Jay Parry, Annie Meyers, Corey Gaines, and the coaching staff, and my teammates welcomed me with open arms when I first stepped foot in the locker room and it was smooth sailing from there. I love every last one of my teammates and it has surely been a blast. I want to thank everyone for all your support for me and my teammates throughout this entire season. Stay tuned for some more great things that I have ahead - you will love it. Thanks again.