It would seem that former SWV member Leanne “Lelee” Lyons has been through it all:teenage pregnancy(she became a mother at age 15),being homeless after the end of SWV,losing her mother at an early age,among other things. Through all her trials and tribulations,however,Lelee has managed to find happiness just being a mother to her two children Margaret and Khiry.
Lelee recently wrote a touching letter to her daughter for her 20th birthday. Read below:
Hey my little girl
I can remember being pregnant with you and feeling as if i was the scum of the earth.People would look at me (knowing i was just a little girl) as I took the train to my prenatal appointments. I tried so hard to hide my pregnancy from family and friends of fear that people would judge me. Little did i know, that tummy would eventually grow(lol).Some did judge me, but I chose to give you life. Although I was only a teenager, I still decided i would do right by my child and do what parents do, take care of their kid.
The day was September 12, 1988, Uncle Devon rushed me to Harlem Hospital after my water broke at our Apt. on Grant Avenue in the Bronx. I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t stop peeing(lol). It was the longest peepee in the world. So, when we got to the hospital you wouldnt come out for nothing,which meant that i had to walk around for 12 hours in the labor room (IN PAIN) until you finally was ready.I remember the nurse saying to me “Miss Lyons, do you feel anything”? I responded,”Yes, but what can i do, Nothing! I was dealing with that pain like a grown woman(lol) and everyone was amazed.
Anyway, you were finally ready to come out and 1,2,3…..there you were. With my mother(RIP) at my side and a beautiful baby girl, my life completely changed.
Now, its Sept,12 and I cant believe u are the same precious gem that i gave birth to 20 years ago. The same kid I was trying to hide years ago, I tell the world how proud I am to be your mother. We’ve been through so much baby as mother and daughter and there were times when i just had a hard time being “mom” when grandma passed away. I have it all figured out now. I Love You with all my heart and I know you are now a woman(still looking 14), but you will still be my little girl. I pray that as you go through the next chapter of your life, you will make the right decisions and be woman enough to deal with the decisions that are wrong. Chose your battles wisely and remember that whatever you cant change yourself, move on baby. Do not depend on people, especially the people we call friends.
I LOVE YOU more than Life and I say to you proudly
Lelee has two children:a son named Khiry,18, and a daughter named Margaret,20.
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Letter Courtesy of Lelee’s myspace