Kendrick Avant

Gratitude Journal Day #295: Monday, 7/26/21

This is our last FULL day in Ecuador πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨. I’m trying to be strong y’all.

3.) Mall de Pacifica – Affordable shopping impressed my daughters. Black mannequins impressed me. The size and variety of shopping impressed my Queen. My son? Maaaaybe he liked the food but impressed isn’t the proper term. 🀣🀣 Either way, we finally made it. That mug was like a crunk mall of the 80s and 90s! It was buuuusy and the stores offered all types of SUPER fly stuff. Example, I haven’t worn or SEEN a business suit in years that I would wear. At the mall, I saw 3 or 4 in every store window, tailored services, exotic color patterns, with and without ties, comfortable looking dress shoes. I was impressed my damn self. Ice cream shops, kiosks (people actually WORKING the kiosk too πŸ˜‰). I’m grateful my kids now have TWO things they enjoy Ecuador πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨, beaches and shopping. I’m also grateful because I could peep how the teenagers and kids were behaving. That tidbit of knowledge set my mind at ease because in Belize, Jamaica and Costa Rica, the ONLY things kids do are hustle and get booty (probably NOT in that order!). The Mall settled my imagination and parental concerns SOME. I felt kids do “innocent” things, movies, shop, sports, dress up, HANG out. Of course, a young Daddy has fears still but come on, I’m not gonna pretend that getting booty isn’t prevalent in the States. 🀞🏾

2.) African-Americans in Ecuador πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¨ – At home, I have a solid core of people I KNOW got my back and rock with me, two couples and a homie for a total of 5. That means my circle is SMALL, tight, special. The Queen and I often discuss what it would be like to start over, new country, needing new contacts and connects. Her squad is waaaaay bigger because we’re nestled amongst her family. The African-American group gives us hope. At least, we wouldn’t start completely over because we’re already building bridges with the group. Food choices, drivers, visits and locations are all topics we’ve been talking and growing over. EVERY place we tried throughout the 14 day stay, was reviewed and recommended by the group. Each was a GREAT experience so trust is there.

1.) Cannabis topical – Got it in the Mall and I can’t wait to experiment! It’s supposed to help with chronic pain, seizures, spasms, Parkinson’s, neuropathy and basically everything. I didn’t try yet because there hasn’t been a real need. Many of my symptoms have decreased since our arrival. NAW. πŸ™„ They haven’t disappeared or been solved by climate but waking & sleeping over the beach gives a sense of peace that keeps my mind calmer than back at the House. The climate, 70-90Β°, helps me avoid the issues of temperature sensitivity. I THINK the altitude is what’s juicing my allergies and allows me to breathe clearer. We’re out and about more often so I’m moving waaaay more than just yoga and wheelchair’ing the house. The cannabis topical will get its opportunity tomorrow, on that 4hr trip to the airport, couple of flights and required UN-comfortable sitting. I’ll add this too. Seeing cannabis topicals, available at the mall kiosk, gives me sublime sense of true healthcare. I don’t do prescription drugs and choose to live as natural as possible. That option is not at home, in Texas.

Previous entry of Gratitude: Sunday, 7/25/21

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