In October, 1993, Taed drove from Chicago to Des Moines to visit me. I don’t know what he expected from the trip. I know I just thought it would be nice to reconnect with him. After he returned to California, he sent me a tape. Remember when people made mix-tapes? Usually there was a message in the mix tape, but sometimes it was just a lot of songs people liked. I don’t really know which kind this one was. However, I chose to read it as a message.
One of the songs was, “If You Really Want Me” by Salt-N-Pepa. So I called him and told him. At least I remember doing that. In my mind, I was making the first move. Then again, I tend to be a little on the slow side, so it’s entirely possible I was just catching up with him.
Here is a playlist in honor of my honey. These are many of the songs that he would send me. They always make me smile, and always make me think of him.