While Millsap and Cami continued to bond in that
Tonight’s subject: Millsap and Cami.
“I was on pins and needles the whole time she was here,” Millsap Monroe Sr. (aka Roe and Sapp) said, referring to today’s close encounter with Cami. “I was so afraid she would recognize me, even though I dressed extra nerdy today and pretended to have a cold.”
“Why don’t you just tell your son the truth already?” Towanna asked, snuggling next to the man she couldn’t help but fall in love with over the last two months of exclusive dating.
Roe was kind, sensitive, handsome, and a great lover. Unfortunately, he was also overly anxious about things, which Towanna did not love. In fact, she found that trait quite irritating about the man she deemed to be her Mr. Right.
“It’s only a matter of time before Cami makes the connection between you and Millsap anyway. Especially with that unique eye color of yours. Brownish-green is rarely found among black people, you know,” Towanna continued, trying to cajole Roe to push past his fears for her sake. For everyone’s sake.
“I know,” Roe replied, looking anxious again. “But I’m just not ready yet, Tootie,” he said, calling Towanna by the nickname he’d given her. “Quite frankly, I don’t really know how to come clean after so many years of outright lying to my son.”
“It’s simple,” Towanna replied, sitting upright now in the king-sized sleigh bed. “Just say, son, I’m not really gay. Never have been. I initially lied about my sexuality because I knew that would get your mother to not only finally divorce me, but also never try to reconcile after I got out of bankruptcy. I continued to lie about my sexuality over the years because if your mother ever found out the truth, she would go after all the back child support she is entitled to, but never pursued because she found other ways to make money, including through you,” Towanna concluded, convinced that Millsap would understand his father’s dilemma.
“When you say it like that, it does sound simple,” Roe acknowledged, even though he was still fearful of his ex-wife bankrupting him all over again.
“It’s only hard if you continue to make it so, baby,” Towanna replied, settling back down again.
“Tell you what, I’ll think about it, okay?” Roe was already thinking about the high court costs, other legal fees, and all the back child support he’d have to pay Bonnie. Child support that the vindictive woman would surely demand…with interest.
“Okay.” Towanna snuggled closer, ready to let the matter drop for the moment. “Just don’t take too long, Roe. I’m not getting any younger and neither are you,” she added, letting him know that she wanted a future with him. Yet until Roe came out with the truth, enabling him to openly date her in
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Although Mike-Mike and Tonja had their secrets, too, and weren’t exchanging any I-love-yous yet either, that didn’t stop him from taking her to see his grandmother at the nursing home the next day.
Mrs. Duggar and Tonja took to each other like fish to water. They were both good mothers, enjoyed serving others, and they both saw greatness in Mike-Mike.
At the end of the visit, Mrs. Duggar pulled Tonja to the side and whispered three important things to her.
Thing one: “I know you love my grandson. It’s all over your face.”
Thing two: “My grandson loves you, too. It’s all over his face.”
Thing three: Make sure he retires from the game. Don’t let it retire him.”
Tonja committed all three things to heart, tattooed them upon her soul through constant rumination so that she wouldn’t ever forget them. The last thing in particular would be revisited and recited at a very crucial time in Mike-Mike’s life.
© 2008 by Suprina Frazier
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