We had fun playing a game called “Sabateur.”
I was so sneaky that I planned my moves.
I did great
Life is great
I have no complaints
I feel lucky to be alive
I feel strong as a black man
I’m a nice Christian
I don’t like to make people cry
I like to make people happy
I am a capricorn
We take things seriously but not THAT seriously
We have fun
Life is fun
Life doesn’t stop at 50
It begins at 50
We’re at the park today
We’re having fun
I’m with Harmony Place
I’m lucky to be here
I’m feeling great & I’m 47 years old
I’m looking good
I went to school in Montreal in 1978 and it was great
It was a learning experience
I got to play with kids my own age
I had a teacher whose name was Jim and he was a classic guy
They don’t make teachers like him anymore
I was a student there and it was a good school
I was eight years old and I had a girlfriend
Her name was Penny
My bus driver’s name was Renee
We went for root beer every Friday after school
Being a man means taking care of your woman
Being a man means taking care of things on your own
You can ask for help sometimes
Just not all the time
If you need someone to talk to you can talk to beautiful Janice
You can always talk to her in person or on the phone
I come from a hard working family
I am a hard worker
I am from Montreal
I went to school there
I feel proud
My parents are from Jamaica
I’m proud to be a man
I’m 47 almost 48
Let this be a lesson
Don’t like anyone tell you that you aren’t smart
You are smart
That’s what draws me to Janice
She’s everything I want in a woman
You can be free to do whatever you want to do.
You can go to school or go to whatever city you want to go to.
You can be whatever you want to be.
We had fun playing summer games outside
We were in teams and my team, the blue team, won!
It was a good try by the other team
Better luck next time
I hope they win because they deserve it
It is like a family
Being black is beautiful
I wouldn’t want to be anything but myself
I’m a truthful person, when somebody tells me something I like to believe them.
I give them a second chance if they make a mistake
I make mistakes too, everyone makes mistakes
I know my manners, what’s right from what’s wrong
It feels good to be black
To be comfortable in your own skin and to know your mind
You can do so many different things
You can make a lot of friends at Harmony Place.
You can do things with help at Harmony Place.
I like being around people.
People like to see me happy and not sad.
I love to sing and play bingo with help.
I love coming to Harmony Place twice a week and wish I could come more.
People respect me here.
I feel confident and very mature and not like a kid.
Not like I was in 1976.
I live in Toronto now.
Before I lived in Montreal.
Somebody told me that I can learn my lesson on my own.
While I was living in Montreal.
My mom will not be around for too long
But she is still around and I love her so much
I have been living in Toronto for a long time.
I feel good living here.
I feel like I am more educated in Toronto than I ever was living in Montreal.
There are more doors open to me in Toronto than closed.
There is more accessibility for people in wheelchairs in Toronto than there was in Montreal.
You can be anything that you want to be if you put your mind to it.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a beautiful thing to have.
Waking up early and off on my way,
Rush to my placement must be there on time.
Meeting the clients for fun work and play
Some like to chatter while others will sign.
Many are silent; it’s speech that they lack,
But show in other ways their happiness,
Their laughter and smiles are what bring me back.
Rewarding, fulfilling, self-worth, no less.
Singing, drama, lunch, all part of my day.
Helping people is what I like to do
Mealtime is over and so is my stay
Unable to help themselves, makes me blue.
Placement is done; bus late once again,
Arriving at school, the question is when.
~Former Placement Student
Group homes can be good
They are good!
But you have to remember you’re in a group home
Because you have to live with a group
You have to eat what they serve you
You can’t complain
Unless you have something to complain about
They do the best thing for you
They put you to bed, they take you to the washroom
They do everything extra
I live in one
They have certain rules, you have to follow them
We eat at 5:30
If we need something we have to ask
You can’t talk about the staff behind their back
They’re good people, they look after you
I’m grateful that I’m in a group home to look after me
I’m not complaining, I ask for what I need
It’s going to be wild
It’s going to be crazy
Everybody likes crazy
Every night is crazy
It’s going to be more crazy than a barrel of monkeys
It’s going to be at my house every Thursday night
It’s crazy crazy crazy
It is something wild
Sometimes I get wild
It’s from five to seven
Some nights we have karaoke, sometimes we have movies, sometimes we have games all night
Some nights we cook
Some times we have special days that are really fun and fantastic
I wonder what we’ll do tonight
I’ll have to wait and see!
I’ve really looking forward to it
Bye for now