Kaiden sat at the table with his mother. He was reviewing Kailyn’s report from her kindergarten teacher.
“Mama, Kailyn is killing it in school,” he smiled at his daughter’s report.
Well, look at who her parents are,” Mama Green smiled and reached over to touch Kaiden’s hand.
“Now, you know we can’t take full credit,” Kaiden remarked. “You have been nothing short of amazing, Ma. And I’m truly appreciative of everything you’ve done to help with Kailyn when I’m busy with artists or when Samantha’s at work.”
“Let’s not forget date night,” Mama Green laughed.
“Come on, Ma,” Kaiden rolled his eyes. “That’s embarrassing,” he laughed.
“Uh-huh,” she remarked. “That’s why baby number two is on the way.”
Kaiden scoffed. “It’s not easy.”
“What’s that?” Mama Green sipped her tea. “Two kids?” she chuckled.
“That, and supporting everything and everyone. Ari has a photo shoot coming up for her album, Lester has interviews left and right,” Kaiden sipped his water. “You know his album just went platinum and everyone wants a piece of KP’s newest platinum member.”
Kaiden looked up and saw a picture of him, his mother, and Byron together.
“And don’t even get me started on that guy,” he nodded his head towards the picture. “He’s all over the place.”
His mother smiled.
“I’m proud of you, babe,” she smiled.
“And then you got Christina,” he began and he saw the smile disappear from his mom’s face.
“Baby,” she started. “Why are you still entertaining her?”
“She’s Samantha’s best friend, regardless of what went down. And,” Kaiden inhaled, “if Samantha’s going to keep interacting with her, I guess that kind of puts me in a bind, Ma,” Kaiden shook his head.
His mother nodded.
“Kai, when you married Samantha, you’d better believe I was thrilled,” she smiled again. “It’s like you’d found you better half; someone to stimulate you mentally and challenge you in a good way. Someone who genuinely cared, you know?” Mama Green sipped her tea again. “I never did care too much for that Christina. She was too self-centered and only really cared for herself.”
Kaiden nodded. “Yep, that’s Christina for you,” he agreed.
“Kai,” his mother spoke. “You know what’s going on with me, and I think you’re staying so busy to distract yourself,” she abruptly changed the topic.
“Ma, it’s hard and it’s just not fair,” he whispered.
“I know babe,” she smiled. “But whatever’s in God’s will, will be.”
Kaiden admired that about his mom. No matter how tough things got, she kept a positive spirit and a smile on her face.
“I can’t imagine what I would do if anything were to happen to you,” Kaiden let out a few more tears.
“Baby, you’d be just fine,” she smiled. “You’re Kai-G,” she smirked. “Or should I just say Kaiden Green; the man who I basically raised myself. And I did a damn good job, if I do say so myself,” she chuckled.
She looked at Kaiden and saw how the topic upset him.
“Baby, I didn’t say that to upset you,” she remarked. “I brought it up for a specific reason.”
Kaiden looked at his mother.
“You are always running around lending a hand. Bailing someone out of trouble, helping out whenever someone may need it.”
“I can’t help it Mama,” Kaiden chuckled. “It’s who you raised.”
“I know,” she uttered. “But, when needed, who will be there to genuinely help you? Will it be Ari, will it be Smoove, or Lester? Because we both know it won’t be Christina,” his mother laughed.
Kaiden looked at her blankly.
“When you find out the answer,” she began, “make sure you set them as your priority. Everything else can wait, but in your time of need, where will you turn?”
Mama Green sipped her tea once more. Kaiden thought deeply about what she was saying and sipped his water.
He and his mother both knew the answer to the question she’d asked.
“Thank you, Mama,” Kaiden kissed her on the cheek.