...And I just now realized that I don't actually have the energy (or even calm?) to really go into detail as of right now. Like, I had a good-sized post all prepped and ready to go in my head, but my mind just shied away from it.
You'll notice that I don't have my sad Tiana icon up while I am relaying this news to you. That is because...it's alright. It's okay. Really. Mommy came to this decision yesterday (yesterday...was a long, long day to say the least) and though neither of us ever wanted to move in the first place, we just accept that this time has come.
It's alright because, to give a basic gist:
1.) Remember when I was sure my home was being gentrified
all that time ago? From my research and just watching in general of what is happening around me in regards to my neighbors (hint, hint: I had a lot
more white neighbors than I thought and they are pissed
at this new company's managers and also leaving in droves
), I don't quite think that's happening. So yay, it's not a bunch of white folks coming in to push out us icky colored people and/or low-income people.
2.) When I say that my many white neighbors-both the ones that are still here and the ones that have already left-are pissed? They are. They really, really are.
And I'm not going to lie: the fact that they're being done wrong and are infuriated too has comforted me greatly. When white folks are angry in the right way and in the right direction (for once), you know something is gonna be okay.
3.) Uhhh...these new people have no motherfucking clue what they're doing and/or they don't care. Ever since they've come in, again, people have been leaving in appalled, outraged droves. I spitefully checked my home's current ratings on Google and it has dropped down to an abysmal 2.5 with delightfully scathing reviews. About half of those reviewers are white former tenants.
4.) Perhaps the best part? Mommy and I have found a whopping three
other apartment complexes in this same area
. One of them is even just up our street. I'm rooting for the one down the street and around the corner (haha, but that's the best way to describe it!) because it looked the best to me while I was clicking around it.
Mommy's lease is up in March and so that's when we'll be moving. It'll be a bit stressful, since I'll be in school around that time, but...we'll manage. It's okay.
We'll be okay.