I've also been braiding her hair. Braiding is one of my favorite hobbies. It gives me an excuse to be in the home of camp kids and to have them in my home. And since it takes a minute it gives me an opporunity for lots of time and conversations with kids. It works out great because I see a chance to braid as a privelege and since just about everybody else thinks it's quite the chore there is always somebody's mama willing to let me braid their child's head.
So anyway, the other day me an Myree decided that we were going to put letter beads into her hair. You can buy beads a dollar a bag, but we went to Michael's and bought $5 dollar a bag beads just so we could do this idea.
When I go to do Bible study with Tamyra there is sometimes a man standing on the corner at the beginning of her housing community. I've only seen him a couple of times but I remember him because he has some spectacular suits. He walks up and down the same piece of sidewalk every day. So far I've seen him in a peach suit with gold strips and an all pink suit. And he always has all the trimmings.
Well, today was certainly the best suit so far. And since nobody believes me when I tell them about the kinds of things that I see in the city, I decided to try to take his picture. So I made Nakeisha walk to his corner with me so I could ask him if I could take his picture.
He introduced himself as "I'm Percy, the retired pimp". Really, that was how he introduced himself. We stood and talked for a few minutes about where he gets his suits and how he's retired and how he likes to still come out to this corner so everybody can see what a real suit is like.
I told Percy that where I'm from most of the suits are boring and some people don't believe me when I tell them that there are suits like this out there ... and would it be okay if I took a picture? I actually think I made his whole afternoon, cuz he started posing and pointing out details of his suit. He was very friendly and told me that I could stop by again for a picture of his next suit (which I will surely do). He has 283 suits and wears one every day.
Now I realize that in this case a picture really is worth a thousand words. But let me just point out a couple of details that are my favorite:
* His pimp cane has fur on it!!!!! Who has that?!
* His shoes, pants, jacket, and cane all have matching purple satin.
* Notice the white glove ...
* His hat has craft rhinestones on it, and there's red feather you can only sorta see.
But for sure my favorite part has got to be the glitter glue! Yup, that's a glitter glue butterfly! And just in case you can't read it his suit jacket says (in glitter glue): Percy, Top Dog, Chicago, and King. I really wanted to ask how much his specially-made suit cost, but since we just met and all.... So the next time I try to tell you a story about something that I've seen in Chicago I'm gonna need you to believe me. :-)
I've been trying to convince my friend to let me mail her a Easter suit from Chicago for her son. I wonder if I can get this in a little boy size 5? :-)