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Macaroni & Cheese: The tale of Latecia

Updated on July 29, 2012

Little Latecia through the years

Latecia and her brother, Marion
Latecia and her brother, Marion
Latecia with the girls sporting her baby bop outfit. She is the one on far right on my shoulders of course!
Latecia with the girls sporting her baby bop outfit. She is the one on far right on my shoulders of course!
Latecia and Marion
Latecia and Marion
Latecia with sibling Carson, Marion, and Israel
Latecia with sibling Carson, Marion, and Israel
Latecia's baby Deandre
Latecia's baby Deandre

A Tale of Latecia

Imagine this, a two year old bobbing her head in her car seat, she is mumming lyrics that only she and God could understand. You are sitting in the front seat with your Mom staring at the toddler as she gets louder and louder. She glances out the window, you are wondering what she is thinking, you look at your Mom in disbelief. She says, "Let that baby sing her song!" You look back just in time to see the baby look up at you and slide you a grin, wow what a two year old you think.

Then, there was the time at your great-grandmother's funeral that this little four year old, tugs on an adults shirt, "May I have some more macaroni and cheese, please?" The adults smiled, "Ahh, that baby is so sweet and polite, she has such good manners. Of course you can have more baby!" Then, again and again, she turned for more macaroni until finally her request was denied, poor little baby. This is what I found about the name Latecia/Leticia.

L is for little, the little things you do.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

T is for tender, loving nature.

I is for interest, you show in others.

C is for calm, a pleasant trait.

I is for impressive, your list of qualities.

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

I had to include this because I have personally experienced all of these things with the lovely little Ms. Latecia Clara McKay. Her birthday is today, she was July 29, 1991. She is officially 21, to her, "I'm legal, finally!" Latecia was always like a baby sister to me. People in stores would often mistake her for being my sister, they would say, "Sherry, you have beautiful daughters!" Mom would correct them, but she loved Latecia just the same. Latecia was the sweetest little girl you could ever meet. I remember her well, she stayed over on weekends.

The story I was telling at the beginning was when we were on our way to buy her a tricycle. Truth is, I have millions of Latecia stories, but I will tell this cautionery tale of Latecia. It was a nice warm weekend day. We lived in a beautifully decorated (Mom had a real eye for beauty!) home. Oh second thought, it was actually cold, because I remember Mom remarking, "Thank goodness I did not have the heat on or it could have been a real disaster!"

Latecia was maybe three and she loved to visit, we sang, we danced, we had a ball. Although some nights she was plegged by the ear ache, how she would cry. Mom would always send me to get a blowdryer and after awhile it worked and she would fall asleep. So, back to this story, it was sure to be a fun day,

I had this little stool my Mom bought me, that I loved. Latecia took a liking to the stool, too. She was often seen sitting, standing, and playing with this stool. Her favorite thing to do was to throw the stool down the stairs and watch it hit the bottom. She really got a laugh out of it. Initially it wasn't a game, naturally I was taking her down the stairs and had the stool in hand and it slipped accidentally.

Latecia thought it was the funniest thing she had ever seen and began to laugh hysterically, from that point on she threw it down and giggled as it hit the bottom. She would then go down to it and off she would go to play. This day was different, she was moving too quickly for her own good (poor baby thinking about it), so she throws the stool I presume and we hear the roll down the stairs. This different somehow.

I go to investigate (I was only 4 steps away from the stairs). I rush over and notice Latecia is at the bottom of the stairs. She looks up at me and smiles and began laughing, beside her is the stool. They apparently rolled together.

I couldn't believe it, I called my Mom, who was cooking. She was horrified and said, "Are you ok baby?" She grabs her and checks her out. "Thank goodness the heater wasn't on or it could have been much worse!" I will admit it was scary, but as the years roll on it makes for a good story. I think I have told this story to her at least a thousand times a year. We laugh everytime.

She is an adult Mom now and 21 today, my wish for Latecia (JOY) is that all of her dreams come true. That whatever she sets her heart to she accomplishes. That she becomes the best Latecia she can be and make herself and us all proud. My mom always saw the potential in Latecia, as did I. We knew that Latecia Clara McKay is a one of a kind and has the potential to be great. Love you Macaroni and Cheese, now go be Great!

Growing up Latecia's favorite show's theme song

Her favorite Barney Characters Baby Bop and BJ

Her favorite song, "I Love you" Barney

Chiming in, what do you think?

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    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @ Gypsy, thank you I will pass it on to Latecia and you are right memories are so precious.

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      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks Likamarie, your words are greatly appreciated.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      What a very nice and delightful tribute. Hope Latecia had a great birthday and that all of her dreams come true. Memories are so precious.

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      LikaMarie 

      6 years ago

      Awesome hub, and a beautiful story of love, sisterhood, and the joys of growing up.

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Aww thanks Georgie, she did, she loved it! I think Mom would be pleased.

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      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      I hope Latecia gets to read this, it's awesome and touching! :)

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      awww thanks Integrity you are too kind.

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      Patty is correct. I definitely voted up. I wish Letecia well. She will make it to the top. OH!

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Wyomom123, aww, gee thanks, I think its from having such a loving Mom and family. Thanks again for your kind words.

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      Allison Felton 

      6 years ago

      This was very sweet, you really have a knack for writing from the heart.

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @rcrumple, lol, thanks, I realized that midway, like omg, if she's 21 that means I'm really not forever 21.

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      Rich 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      A great "blast from the past". You do realize that when you start looking back, it shows you're getting older! lol

      Another great job!

    • brittvan22 profile imageAUTHOR

      brittvan22 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks, I will pass this on to her! I relate good times!

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Hub!! Happy Birthday to Latecia!!! While reading this, I was thinking back to many memories of when I was a child as well as when my children were younger!! Awesome Job!!

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