To my wonderful husband, Marcus; three
glorious children, Christopher, Dabria, and Maleeya; my parents, Thomas and Eliza aka PaPa and Big Ma; to my 4 brothers and
4 sisters, and 4 deceased siblings who are awaiting their standing at the throne. To all the little children in my neighborhood
and school who remind me of the "age of innocence," a pure and delicate time in our lives.