Concrete Cowboy

In a book to film adaption, I have found myself wanting to watch it again, but to read the book to see where the holes I have can be filled. “Ghetto Cowboy” by Gregory Neri, ‘A street smart tale about a displaced teen who learns to defend what’s right-the cowboy way’. Featuring Idris Elba, and Caleb Mclaughlin, as a son estranged from his father, but it sent to live with him, after his mother has reached her limit. You can feel her frustration with the current affairs of not only her son, but that isn’t able to reach him in a way, that encourages him to change his behavior.

Not going to spoil it anymore than I have, but for me, even though when absolutely needed, the father was there, it was ONLY when he was absolutely needed.

It saddens me, but tough love is nothing without soft love as well. You can’t believe a person is going to be balanced, when only receiving tough love. Nothing is ever good enough love, nah. Tough love is successfully ONLY when paired with soft love, the cycle can never be broken by doing what was done to you.

Tristan Jonez.

Funny Thing

As I get older, I find myself thinking about all sorts of things… mostly things dealing with love and life. I’m a bit hung up on soulmates, If I have one, and If I do, where is he? I’ve been thinking what if a soulmate has nothing to do with another human, what if your soul is connected to a place? If my destiny wasn’t connected to another person It wouldn’t surprise me since I’m fully connected to Chicago.

I wish I could adequately explain how Chicago makes me feel. For a second put aside everything you’ve ever heard about the city. When I land It feels like home, in spite of  itself it feels safe to me. Chicago welcomes me home with opened arms, its like receiving a warm cup of tea after being outside in the cold for too long. In high school, I just KNEW I had to visit Chicago, there was some force beyond myself pulling me there. I still feel that pull, and I make sure to fly to Chicago every single chance I get. Chicago grounds me in a way that no other place has been able to do. Philadelphia has come close, but I always feel something is missing when I stay there for too long.

Have you ever been connected to a place?

Jonez.