"I finna go play ball in a little bit. All that shooting out here, earlier, kind of really disturbed me. You know? I just really wanna have him safe somewhere. It really ain't safe no where, I wanted to him somewhere, where he can really enjoy himself. I walked from 28th. It's a good walk.
My proudest moment of being a dad is being able to spend time with him and teach him stuff. I want him to see the right atmosphere of life and not going out here thinking it's about selling stuff to get by. I want to keep him motivated, as far as the sports that he likes to do. That's my boy, right here. I got two others and a daughter, but this is the one that wanted to be with me. So, I'm tending to his needs and whatever he wants.
See, where I'm from, they used to have culinary arts. He was working and they would let them cook and show them how to cook and pay them every Friday. It was some different stuff that he was used to doing there, than here. Truth of the matter, we getting ready to get back up out of here. You know, he's not feeling it. If he's not happy, ain't no need in being here. If he's not going to be happy, I'm not going to stay. I have to make sure that my son's happy, that's the key. I like it here because of the jobs they have. But walking from everywhere, is the problem. I'm walking all over. I done walked the whole West. This is the farthest I've walked to this side. I done walked from the hospital to 28th. That's about thirty blocks. Whew! I was just telling him that. So, I done been all around through the West. I'm walking to Labor Works or whatever tomorrow. That's on 15th and Broadway. I'm trying to keep some money going, every day. You know, take care of things to get him straight and then we back up out of here. It's cool. I like Louisville, but they just doing a lot of killing, which is what they do back where I'm from. It's just that I'm not with the atmosphere around here. I'm not familiar with the atmosphere. I don't know the people. I gotta keep my eyes open more than I have to.
I can get a job. A lot of places want me, it's just getting there. I just can't get there. What's the use of taking a job and I can't get there? His safety is my main concern. When he gets out of school, I'm looking to rush to my son. Now, I got him in the Boys and Girls Club and he plays basketball for this school. He got his first game coming up. He still doesn't like it here because there's nothing for kids to do in the West. That's a challenge. He's used to going to a community center and the race tracks, back where we're from. They need that YMCA down here. They need a movie theater down here, too! They need stuff for these kids to do."John & John Jr., Shawnee