Recently we reported that Aryn Drake-Lee announced on Instagram that she will no longer be silent and that she intended to speak her truth.
She shared her frustrations with the travel schedule her children are dealing with as a result of divorce proceedings, blaming Jesse for their instability.
Is it good for the health and wellness of a 7yr and 8yr old to be taken out of school on a regular basis to fly cross country overnight on a red eye to be on the ground for two days? Is it reasonable for them to return dazed and confused and then be expected to pick right up and survive at school the rest of the week? I don’t think so! Neither do any of the parents who actually parent on a routine basis. There’s a name for the condition of an adult who expects their children to indulge, caregive and service that adult’s desires at the childrens’ expense… #receiptsseason #ihavestayedquietforfartoolong
Well seems like Aryn is adding more context to her recent post.
On Friday she shared:
See here’s the thing, our children are living this life and are somatically tapped into their experiences. They know who I am! They know who he is. I did my best to keep things private and oriented around our children’s needs, peace and progress.
I have kept to myself, while enduring brutality in the media for years at the hands of someone I once loved. It’s obvious who is behind the slants in these stories. I couldn’t have stopped this public forum train if I tried. And believe me, I tried!
At the end of the day, I have to answer to my black daughter looking me straight in the eyes, telling me what she does and does not want to do, then asking me, “what are you going to do about it”? You see, we tried this traveling circus in the spring already, when it first presented as a “temporary” solution.
As a black woman guiding her along through earth school, she is looking to me to set an example of how to maneuver. I stand tall in who I am and what I believe in, no matter the forum or who is on the other side.
I will continue to advocate for the needs of my children, because that’s my job as their mama! #OhHeyGirl #LookinAtMeLookinAtYou #ReceiptsSeason
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Her comment section has been mostly positive and encouraging with many sharing their own stories about dealing with divorce and custody battles.
Your grace and class in the face of these comment sections are inspiring! Love you!
Here for you! Been there. So sorry stay strong and stay vocal as no one gives you credit for being silent!
Been rooting for you for some years now mama. Advocate for those babies like you have been ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Keep telling your truth momma!! I battled my ex for the past 3 years. It was rough. Unfortunately my daughter has not spoken to me in over 6 months. You have my support @aryndrakelee
My son’s father and I were not at odds with one another. His dad moved to another state when he was around 3ish. His dad works for an airline. My son would fly as an unaccompanied minor to visit his dad several times a month. As he got a little girl older, (after they almost lost him in the airport), and was able to communicate his feelings…he said, mama, I love visiting my dad and my sisters, but I never liked flying alone, and I’m tired of it…if my dad wants to see me, then let him inconvenience himself for a change”! Knocked me right off my feet! But changes were made to respect “his” feelings! Continue to serve the needs and feelings of your children FIRST…in my humble opinion, and without me knowing you personally, or all of your business! But the kids matter in these types of situations! Blessings today you and your kids!