Mack & Gloria An African American-Love Affair

It all started when I was born in 1956. I grew up in a predominantly African American neighborhood in San Antonio TX. There might have been 1 or 2 Mexican American families in the whole neighborhood. But no other race lived there at that time. The neighborhood, comprised of 20 homes on either side of the street. These homes had pier foundations and the street was paved. Each house, had a small front porch from which parents and adults, could watch their children play outside. Our house was 1200sqft, 2.5 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen, and a living room. Even though it was not a large house, my mother lived in a good neighborhood. It was not a ghetto.
My mother had a chocolate complexion, medium hair stood about 5’7” tall and was slender in size. She was very beautiful. She worked as a nanny, taking care of a Caucasian couple’s children. I have 3 siblings. My mother and father did not marry. She married my stepfather and together they had two children. My mother and stepfather are African American. He was medium build, stood about 5’11” and had a light complexion. He worked at the Air Force Base in San Antonio TX. He was a handyman of sorts and could fix just about anything from electronics, cars to homes repairs. He also spoke, fluent Spanish. I accompanied him on several occasions whenever he needed my help.
I get my nice smile and looks from my father. He visited me often. He was an aircraft mechanic. Always driving new cars or a motorcycle. He had a brown complexion and stood about 5’10”. A very handsome African American male. I appreciated the fact that he and mom were cordial and friendly to one another even though, they did not marry.
On one of those visits my father introduced me to his girlfriend. She too lived in San Antonio TX. She was pretty in great shape, light complexion, long black hair, great legs, beautiful smile and African. But there was only one problem, she didn’t think I was my father’s child. She would call my mother only to tell her, may the best woman win. She ended up marrying my father and moved with him to Dallas TX. I liked her very much. I even told my father when I grew up, I was going to marry a woman just like her. My dad laughed.
I was in the 2nd grade, 7 years old and on the first day of school in class when I had my first encounter with relationships. I fell in love with, Ms. Daniels my 2nd grade teacher, a light complexion African American woman, with a nice figure, smile and smelled good. My mom thought I was a good waking up early in the mornings and never late to school. Hardly did she know that I couldn’t wait to get to school each day just, so I could see Ms. Daniels. She would give me a hug and thank me for bringing her an apple. I knew, she understood I had a crush on her. I was so in love with Ms. Daniels, I told her I was going to marry her when I grew up. Of course, she smiled. I was so sad when school closed for the summer break that year. I couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing Ms. Daniels for months.
My neighbor became the second encounter. Rachel, a Mexican American girl a year older than me. I remember her mother gone most of the time. But Rachel, was always home by herself. She was tall and a little heavy for her age. Rachel and I would play together sometimes. One Saturday morning, while playing, hide and seek outside, Rachel offered to give me some water to drink. I much obliged. So, we went into her house and she gave me some water. Then, the un-imaginable happened. Rachel decided that she was too tired to go back outside and play instead, she needed to rest on her bed. She asked me to rest with her. So, I did. Before I knew it, she kissed me on the lips. I was stunned and for a moment didn’t know what to think……

Mack and Gloria, an African American Love Affair is a true story. It’s about, a young African American boy who grows up believing a man is defined by how many ladies he has relationships with. On this path, he finds himself in numerous relationships with ladies and drugs, that almost kill him. Becoming an Adult, teaches him an important lesson. It is not how many relationships one has that makes him a man, but rather true love from only one. God divinely, puts him, on course to seek a special Godly praying woman. Only then, does he discover that, true love comes from a special person God has for you. He finds his soulmate and love blossoms. In the middle of the happiest days of his life, God calls her home. What now? Mack is a 29-year Army Sergeant Major Veteran, heavily decorated for his service to the country. He has studied Management, serves as a church board member and the local Black Chamber of Commerce. He also mentors young men through, “MAN ABOUT CHANGING KIDS (MACK)” he founded and owns two daycare centers with over 200 children in attendance.

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