Originally posted at NatashaForeman.com:
There’s no one in the world like my amazing cousin Princess Chere Peoples, that is her superhuman power!
Today we celebrate her 34th birthday. Although she’s my cousin, our relationship has always been more like big sis and little sis, as I’ve been in her life since she rocked and rolled in her mother’s belly. I gave her the nickname “Retabug” when she was a toddler, and I’ve been calling her that ever since.
For 5 years before my sister was born, it was just me and Princess Chere. It’s weird seeing the two of them all grown up as women.
10 years separate our age, but nothing separates us and our love.
Through her ups and downs, my cousin’s heart has always remained the same.
She smiles through her eyes. She’s often seen at work and at play with a big, beautiful flower in her hair. It is becoming her signature look that she rocks oh so beautifully.
She yearns to do more and give more. She’s eclectic and bold, never understated or to be underestimated.
Since she was a baby I told her she’s a Beautiful Black Nubian Princess, and what makes that extra special is that it’s the truth, not just words or affirmations. But the reminder helps when the world acts ugly.
Our names have meaning and we are guided by them. Her name is Princess and so there’s an expectation that she will live up to the royal moves that her name suggests. I’m proud of her for making moves that provide teachable moments and strengthening lessons, because she will better position herself for the decades ahead of her.
I want Princess to always see herself as God does, at all times, and in all ways—and then nothing and no one can change her, derail her, minimize her, or stop her. Always focused on being the Princess that she is!
Join me in wishing my cousin a very happy 34th birthday. 🎀💝💞💖🎉🎊🎁
I love you Retabug!!!!
Copyright 2019. Natasha L. Foreman.