I hail from Gary, Indiana! Not Merrilville, but GI!!!!!
I was born in 1979 at Broadway Methodist Hospital. The 1st child born to a 22yr old single mom. Our first residence was in Ivanhoe projects, my moms was proud of our first crib, we lived there until the age of 3, but the relationships and bonds that were formed are still lasting to this day!
From there, my Moms moved us to Dorie Miller Projects! That was a horrifying time back then, “Alton Coleman” had everybody on noid in the city!! (You know you were scared too) 🙂
Although I had several stops throughout my life at my grandma’s in the hood we call BIC. I feel I’m a product of every hood in GI that I’ve lived in! Never been ashamed of it either! Proud of the road traveled… Where was I?? Oh yea!
When I was 8yrs old, we moved to “11th ave,” 2962 West 11th ave to be exact! Yep, right down the street from “Mr. Edwards” Car Wash and candy store!!
We lived in a beat up, rat infested apartment across the street from “Guy N Allen funeral home.” (some of the best times of my life were in that apt!) We lived down the street from the Brookshire family. I loved Mr and Mrs. Brookshire! That family looked out for us on several occasions, me and my sisters became very close to some of their grandchildren.. Never can forget 11th avenue!
After a lengthy stay with my Grandma in BIC, (So many memories from that place, I’ll be writing for days!!) moms decided we needed some new scenery, so at 11yrs old we packed up and headed to Rock Island, Illinois! Oh how I missed GI, the separation was PAINFUL! I felt out-of-place! Nobody even knew what a “WASH n RET” was!! It was horrible! Didn’t take long to realize, that this wasn’t the place for us!
At the age of 13, it was back to BIC at my grandma’s house! It was kind of hard that first year back, I was no longer in elementary, I was in junior high school now, and Tolleston was definitely an adjustment phase for me, getting back accustomed to GI took longer than I thought. But it was all good…
West Side High School! I finally was at the same school with all my closest cousins! Since they lived in Concord Village, that inevitably became my new home! I was in CCV more than I was at home! CCV, now CCA, became family to me for the 2 years I was at West Side! I left GI for good after my sophomore yr at West Side, but as you can tell, I NEVER FORGOT WHERE I CAME FROM!!
I most likely will never live in GI again, I’ve seen the world, and it’s much larger than GI! However, I appreciate the city I still call home to this day! My heart will forever be apart of that city!
GI makes SOLDIERS out of men! I have yet to meet anyone from GI that isn’t proud to be linked to the Greatest City on earth!! We rep hard everywhere we go! If we’re overseas, and meet someone from the G, it’s an instant connection! Why? Cuz we family, and we have something in common that no one can touch… We “GI till we die”… Yes sir!!
Me being from GI never was an excuse for me to fail in life, but it was all the motivation I needed to succeed!
GI I LOVE YOU!! It’s rimpology101… Thinkin out LOUD all day!
I want to hear from YOU!!! How do you feel about the place you call home? Your feedback is always appreciated! Love!