Sunday June 13, 2010, West Haven, CT
Hon. Jessey Philips Reconciled with fellow Liberians
LCAC president, Hon Alex Quermollue led a delegation of community leaders to sympathize with Hon Jessey Philips who had just returned from completing funeral arrangements in Monrovia.
Mrs. Asunta Philips, courteous as usual, stood firmed behind her husband providing the comfort that seemed almost impossible as the strong man found it difficult to let go the pains for the loss of his dear mother.
She managed on many occasions to distract him, while entertaining visitors from a bowl of soup and rice, with some fine wine to control the atmosphere, but it just didn't work.
Finally, the time for the main event came and everyone was sure about the uncertainty, not knowing what to expect or what to say. The room was filled with community leaders who for the most part have expressed disagreement with Hon. Philips over local and national political matters. The air became tense when the circle was complete with each one facing the fine statesman who once worked tirelessly for his community but was driven into retirement while some of his closest allies looked on.
"We are here to expressed our condolences on behalf of the entire Liberian community in Connecticut" president Alex began,
Suddenly, Hon. Rufus Walters broke the ice when his man ego and pride gave way to stream of tears flowing down his cheeks. " I too lost my mother and didn't attend her burial" he commented. Then, interrupted by Hon. Charles Mcgill who had also lost his mother but couldn't travel at the time to bury her. These words including similar testimonies from James Blyee and Alex Quermollue revealed that these brilliant political figures had something in common, the motherless club, and it set the stage for former LCAC president, Jessey Philips to respond.
Emotions had filled every corner of the room and napkins became inadequate to hold the tears as the brethren tap Philips repeatedly on the back to stop crying.
"I promised my mother", Hon. Philips began, overwhelmed in tears and pausing regularly to control his trembling voice from intense grief he continued to endured. "I promised her that I will forgive everyone who ever wrong me and seek forgiveness from those I offended". He gave each man a genuine gentleman hug, in tears, asking for forgiveness and receiving same in return. Hon. Philips extended similar plea to all Liberians absent at the ceremony whom he had ever offended for forgiveness.
Mr. & Mrs. Philips thanked the delegation and the Liberian community for the support during their loss.
Former LCAC president Charles Mcgill closed the ceremony with a powerful prayer before a toast in the name of peace .... LCAC president, Alex Quermollue called on all Liberians across the state to embrace Hon. Philips and encourage him to remain within the ranks of LCAC leadership and membership.
The rest of the evening was driven into celebration welcoming another new club member except for one delegate, LCAC vice president Joseph Morris who reflected constantly over the club membership fee after being told by his big brothers to appreciate his mom everyday, every time and every minute.
What a lesson to be learned. By joeMorris