November 10, 2006. I’ll never forget. RIP
Even though I love Beyonce, Micheal Jackson and Prince. There are only 3 Celebrities that I asked God to let me meet, and they are Anita Baker, Gerald Levert, and Tyler Perry. I met them all except Tyler Perry.
I was at work when I found out that Gerald Levert had passed away. My co-workers took me to the bathroom and told me what happened. I was devastated. I couldn’t believe it. When I got home, I had so many messages on my phone. Still to this day, I cry.
Its amazing how I got the chance to meet him. I was working at Walmart and this lady came through my line with his face on her shirt. I said to her, “what are you doing with my man on your shirt?” We laughed and became friends. There was a contest on the radio to win tickets to a Meet & Greet Listening Party for a New CD, with 50 people. It was very private with a very nice dinner. She told me that she was going home to try to win tickets for us. I told her that I would call her as soon as I got off work to help her. When I got home she called me and we tried, and tried, to win. She got through, and when she called me back to tell me, I didn’t believe her. I wanted to go so badly, seem as if she was tricking me. She screamed for me to turn on the radio to hear her win, we were so happy, we laughed and laughed.
I NEVER SHARED ((( drinking))) WITH ANYONE
The day of the PRIVATE meet and greet we were ready. We got there and right off we were having a good time with his body guard Joe, while Gerald take photos. I’m not a drinker, but when he offered to buy drinks for us, I figured I would drink.
After the party Gerald, his body guard Joe, my friend Pat and I, plus a few others that we didn’t know, went to the lobby’s bar to have more drinks and to talk and laugh. There Joe, bought us more drinks. When I drink, my eyes become glossy, and I just sit and become quiet. I remember being so high that I sat in the corner. I couldn’t bring myself to socialize. My whole mood had changed. Thing is, that is not even my personality. I can talk to 4 ducks and laugh all night. Had I been in my right mind, I would have been mingling more. But I was out of my mind high from drinking and to this day, I HATE that. But I can’t take it back.
As the night was coming to an end, the 4 of us got a chance to stand around talking and laughing. Gerald was so sweet, so pleasant, and loved to run his hands through my hair. Me and Pat was the last to leave, so we walked them to the elevator because they were staying in that hotel. Never knowing that was going to be my last time seeing him alive. He passed that next year.
It took me a while to forgive myself for not taking the opportunity to enjoy the moment (((( sober))) to enjoy the PRIVATE company of Gerald. I was so high and I felt that God knew he was going to pass soon, and that was my blessing to meet him. Had I been in my right mind, I would have had so many more memories. It took me almost 10 MORE YEARS to take a drink PERIOD! I was done with drinking, and I will never get that drunk again. God made happen what I asked him, but it was me who blew it. I’m over it now, but it has made me look at things differently and its okay. I got to take plenty of photos with him, Joe and Pat.
Thank you Jesus for answering my prayer.
Gerald I will always remember and Love you. Rest