My best friend's name is Chauelo Maurice Jackson b.k.a. Velo. If you know me, you've probably heard me say his name a few times. Velo and I go wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back. His parents knew my parents seeing Conyers wasn't too big. I guess we first met in preschool. Sheltering Arms in Conyers to be more specific. Years passed and I lost touch until his family moved across the street from my family in Sugar Hill in middle school. Throughout middle school and high school we basically were inseparable. We both worked at the McDonalds on West Ave, and when my family moved from Sugar Hill, my mother allowed me to go to Velo's or the Lowder's house everyday after school until she got off of work (so I could continue to go to Heritage High). After graduation, I went down to Pensacola for college but we stayed in touch on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to discuss stuff we both were learning out in the "real world" and how we were going to start an entertainment business because we both had a great sense of humor that we wanted the world to pay us for. On a Thursday afternoon, I received a call from Velo and he was on top of the world because he had just purchased a new car, and we reiterated the plans to take over the world when I graduated college later that year. The next evening (February 3rd, 2006) my mother called me with a weird tone in her voice telling me that Velo was killed in a car accident and that he was dead. I literally collapsed to my knees and cried like a baby. The next day I met with my other best friend Jack Lowder and we shot hoops at the field house while I questioned the Lord's will over and over again. A week later I flew home for the funeral and I barely got to see him in his casket, because of my late flight, but I did see him and I was able to see the best friend, that gave me love, advice, and support when no one else was around, for one last time.
This blog is dedicated to him and the memories that make me smile all the time. Here are the top 5 Velo Moments of our short time on Earth together.
#5 : Prom Night
Our Senior year, we decided to get all of the fellas together and rent a limo for prom. We planned on having the most elaborate prom introduction ever. We were going to crank up our favorite song at the time, and pull up to the front door of the hotel and we would walk into the prom and everybody would applaud us because we were so cool! The limo driver got lost, and we ended up being dropped off at the back of the hotel, and nobody was able to see our great entrance! It would've been the greatest though!
#4 : The Deers
One night, Velo was taking me home, and it was super dark outside, and Velo was driving super slow in the Astro Van, and I told him to speed it up! He said that he was afraid a deer was going to jump out from the darkness, and I yelled at him about 2 minutes, because I never saw a deer in my life around that area. No sooner than 30 seconds after I finished yelling, 3 deers hopped out of nowhere on Old Salem Rd. We laughed so hard we had to pull over! That was probably the funniest moment of my life!
#3 : The Fight
I dont remember why we got in a fight in middle school gym class, but I guess it was over a chick. It was a couple of shoves and a tackle. Real Zack & Slaterish!! (without the punches thrown and the gay music @ the end)
#2 : The Punking
My mother took 99% of my checks from McDonalds, but one time we decided to cash our checks at the gas station inside of Sunrise (the all mexican trailer park in Conyers). Us almost getting mugged by a gang of mexicans was terrifying then, but hilarious now! They called us Carl Winslow and Urkel because of my obesity and Velo's glasses. I swore revenge on them one day, but then I got saved. Praise the Lord!!
#1 : The Church Service
I went to Velo's granddad's church service and I dont remember where we were or what year it was (I could've been a dream for all I know), but it was only me, Velo, and his two brothers in the crowd, and his granddadd preached his behind off and @ that service, I knew that Velo was my brother forever just because of the energy that was in that room that day.
My brother's been gone for 6 years and no day has passed that I haven't missed him. I came to realize never to question God's will and to accept it, and I can't wait for our reunion in Heaven to create eternal memories!