My Story – Kayla Idlett

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My Story – Kayla Idlett

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I have 2 favorite quotes, one of them being, “A flower can’t grow without rain.”

An African American 16 year old girl with big dreams, but hard circumstances. These are the words I can only use when people ask me why. Why did you move? What about your mom and siblings? What about your friends? These questions used to leave me with tears drowning my eyes, and my heart would end up in my stomach. “A flower can’t grow in a desert,” was my favorite thing to say, this is why.

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, October 11, 2002, the day mom would say, “A miracle was born.” I came in this world not knowing what God had planned for me, little did I know, I would end up in Leesburg,, Georgia, being the only child. Growing up with 4 other siblings, the last thing I imagined was being the only child, living with my father. But here I am.

Statistics say only 33% of Americans are genuinely happy. In 2016, I decided I wanted to be apart of this percentage.

Mercedes Benz, Challengers, 2 story house, the greatest soccer mom; this is what I dreamed of. But how? I remember like it was yesterday, my mom had just picked me up from school, and my friend had just got a car for her birthday. I said, “Mama, why can’t I just get a car? My friend got a car and she didn’t do anything to earn it! I feel like I’m not being noticed for what I’m doing.” My mom didn’t say anything. She then began talking when we pulled up to a red light. “Kayla, who do you think raised you?” For a minute I thought she was going to sling her hand and punch me back to place. But she said these words, “you know God sees you working, I’m raising a worker, an independent young lady. God sees you baby. Your little friend, she’s blessed. But, you, you will be greater. The change starts with you.”

At this moment, I knew what I had to do. Moving with my dad by myself was one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life. But the dreams I had, I wanted to be able to provide for my mom and siblings, and this wouldn’t be done if I would’ve settled with my circumstances. Being the only child and moving with my dad gave me the opportunity to get a job and focus on Kayla, to also get a head start on my mission: for my mom and siblings to have less worries.

April 2019, I have been living with my dad for a year and a half now. When I first moved here, the first thing I did was applied for a job. I knew God had a plan; I got the job the day of my interview. All my life I have been in a transitioning phase, so making friends wasn’t really a hard thing to do. Although, I did have to get used to the Georgia life, and the way my dad did things. With everything I have been through here, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, I have grown. I have accomplished my goal for now. I now am able to provide for my mom and siblings, and give back.

My second favorite quote is, “your food tastes better when you’ve waited on it.” That envy I felt for my friend is now gone. I will be returning home back to my mom and siblings in June. Until then, I shall wait on my blessings. Cause once I have waited, I will be more appreciative and thankful. But while I wait, I shall work.

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