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I got a call on the morning of September 7 from my older sister, Alicia Jackson, with some good news and a blessing.Â The previous night, around midnight, she ran into one of the daughters of Earl at aÂ WalMartÂ in Houston. Whoa!!! Her name isÂ DenieshaÂ Johnson and she happened to be one of Alicia’s former students at M.B. Smiley High School in Houston. What are the chances, huh?I was then told that Earl has five daughters. And if I am his child, I would be his second son and I would be the oldest out of all of us, I think.Â DenieshaÂ gave Alicia their phone number to reach them. I decided to call them….and I did.Â It’s interesting to note that this day was America’s Labor Day Holiday and on September 4, 1978 when I was born, it was also that same holiday.
I called and asked forÂ Deniesha,Â who had joy in her voice to hear from me. Me too!Â DeneishaÂ and I discussed possibly meeting in person for the first time later on that day. Then I asked where Earl was and she handed him the phone. The phone call felt “funny” because the first thing he said wasÂ “Its been a long time, son“. Then we asked one another “How are you doing?”. I then expressed to him that I wanted to talk to him about something. He agreed. The call ended. My first time talking to him since 1997.DenieshaÂ told me that she would be in the area where my grandmother resides so I was anxious to see her. I didn’t know if anyone was coming with her. I saw this as a big first step. She then called me and asked for directions to my grandmother’s home. And 15 minutes later she arrived.Â And she came with three other daughters of Earl….potentially my sisters. One of them was at work.Â They are so beautiful. We talked for about an hour, took photos together, exchanged contact info and we all agreed to meet up again real real soon with Earl present to discuss this endeavor we have taken on.
Wow, what an experience it was to meetÂ Deneisha, Tiffany, Brittney, and Crystal!
Also since I posted that blog onÂ GlobalGrind.com, I have received so much advice via comments, Twitter,Â Facebook, emails, etc and I am recording it all. Because the other side of this story is I am in search of Joe’s historical records because heÂ mayÂ be the father. I will be heading to theÂ Department of Vital Statistics in AustinÂ on Friday (September 11) with my mother to obtain Joe’s birth certificate.
More updates coming soon.