Boo'd Up! Featuring Kitch & Ree'
Boo’d Up is a celebration of love! Each entry will feature QWOC and queer non-binary people of color sharing their love with the rest of us. I hope that these entries will give you as many feels reading about the couples as I got from interviewing them. In a society that often overlooks us, here we share a bit of ourselves at our softest and most vulnerable…in love.
I am thrilled to introduce our next couple, Ree’ and Kitch! This affectionate couple showed their closeness right from the beginning of our chat. They were super affectionate and in tune with one another. Their connection and dedication to one another was tangible and the love and compassion they had for each other must surely be felt by anyone in their presence. A soul connection indeed!
Tell us a little bit about about yourselves.
Kitch: My name is Kitch, I’m 41, I’m a basketball trainer and I aspire to be a great leader, role model, and mentor. I want to be an inspiration to everyone I encounter. I love touching the lives of the people I meet, it’s such a blessing.
Ree’: My name is Morgan aka Ree’️ I’m 26. My biggest aspiration in life would be to be a mirror for other women. A catalyst for women’s empowerment, and helping women find their own individuality, strength and inner beauty.
How did you meet?
Kitch: We encountered one another on Instagram. I would frequently be on Instagram Live discussing different topics about life, love, and relationships. Ree’️ would join the Live discussions, and I would get this instant feeling inside assuring me she should be my girlfriend. She happened to be in a relationship already. A year later, we reconnected on Instagram. Ree’️ came across one of my post and she left a comment about a drink called Kombucha. I saw it and I got butterflies immediately. I thought, she’s somehow back a year later and so it must have been meant to be. She’s supposed to be my girlfriend. I replied to her comment telling her, I’ll see her soon. I immediately sent her a DM and asked, “Morgan, are you still with your wife?” She said, “I wasn’t married” and asked me, “what happened to your girlfriend?” I told her I was no longer in a relationship. At that time, we understood we were both single and available to pursue one another.
What was your first impression of each other?
Ree’: When I first saw Kitch on IG my first impression was “wow she has a beautiful heart!” It was nothing physical for me at all. Once I caught her eye and we started communicating on IG, phone calls, FaceTime; then when I would fly to visit her. We connected on such a deep level spiritually, intellectually and physically. I knew this was going to be forever.
How long have you been together?
Ree’: Since November 2017.
Who said ‘I love you’ first?
Ree’: That would be me! I was so nervous to tell her that I loved her because I didn’t know how she felt, but I couldn’t hold it in anymore so I took a chance and told her that I loved her.
When did you know you were in love?
Kitch: Understanding what it really takes to be in love with someone, I would say, I fell in love with Ree’️ after four months. The feelings of always and forever, for a lifetime, and marriage set in. Starting with our first encounter on IG to the phone calls, and FaceTime. Ree’️ would also fly from California to be with me in person. We then decided to live in the same state. I was reminded of all those encounters and that reassured me that I loved her from the beginning— but I fell in love with her knowing her heart and soul was pure about our relationship..
Who takes longer to get ready?
Ree’: (Points to Kitch) Just kidding! Wait, is it me?
Kitch: Ree’ takes 1 hour and a half to get ready and I take an hour to get ready. If we need to be somewhere by 10AM she’ll start getting ready at 8AM and I’ll start getting ready at 8:30AM. We believe in being punctual.
Who is the better cook?
Ree’: That would be me!
Kitch: Ree’ is definitely the cook. I can hardly cook anything. The few things I do know how to cook, we don’t eat anymore.
Ree’: We’re vegan.
What is the best date you’ve been on together?
Ree’: There’s been a few since everyday is like a date when we spend time together. My favorite is the time we went out and enjoyed one another in a romantic wedding reception area. The atmosphere was magnetic and our intimacy level was on 10 the entire time. We took the most beautiful pictures, talked, danced, and bonded more deeply.
Kitch: My favorite date was the time when I spontaneously came home and told her to get ready so we could go out. It’s my favorite cause I loved the look on her face when I took her to see the movie she didn’t think she would be able to watch unless she went alone. The genre was way out of my league, but the look on her face was irreplaceable and priceless!
Ree’: I’m a movie fanatic and no one hardly wants to go to the movies. Kitch is always down to go!
What is one of your pet peeves about each other?
Kitch: We just had this talk the other day, and both of our pet peeves are the exact same! Ree’️ wants to do everything for her and I. I also want to do everything for her and I. She takes care of so much and I just want to wait on her hand and foot.
Ree’: We both love making sure each of us has what we need. Sometimes one of us has to take a back seat. It’s all love and always with the best intentions at heart. Taking care of each other is our priority.
Kitch: We really share so much in common. We both truly understand each other. Overall, when you love someone so deeply, you might be unable to see any pet peeves.
What is the best quality about your partner?
Kitch: I really believe Ree’️ is the perfect example of an ideal mate. She has so many great qualities. She’s sincere and her heart is pure. She’s, honest, trustworthy, reliable, dependable, and loyal. I can go on and on. We talk to each other with the utmost respect and it allows us to be strong with getting clarity in every situation.
Ree’: Kitch is such a beautiful person through and through. Trying to sum her up with only one word is impossible ,but since the question is one best quality I would have to say: selfless. Everything she does is always to help someone else. From helping the kids we work with to get college scholarships, those less fortunate, friends, family and making sure I have everything I need. It’s never about her, it’s all about how she can be a blessing to everyone she meets. In a world that is so selfish and corroded, it is so refreshing to be have the pleasure to be around someone everyday that is so selfless and devoted to others.
What makes your love unique?
Kitch: I truly believe what makes our love unique is that it is a soul love. There’s nothing superficial about our love. We’re so deeply in love our souls are connected in a way that one could only find in a story book. Forever and Always.
Ree’: Our love is unique because we communicate everything. Which helps us stay deeply connected intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. We just love to talk to one another. We ask all the little questions that most take for granted “how are you doing?” “How was your day?” We always check in and that helps us stay tuned in with each other.
Do you have any advice for other queer folks and non-binary POC looking for love?
Ree’: Be true to yourself and never settle. The right love will come. We’re all looking for a connection so sometimes we settle for something that isn’t always the right mate or situation for us. Some say something is better than nothing, but that isn’t the correct mindset. Be patient. When the right love does come, you will know. You’re doing more damage to yourself when you settle or stay in a relationship that is unhealthy for you.
Kitch: My advice would be to know, understand, and accept the reason a person comes into your life. Know that you have to be sincere about building with that person despite what you’ve been through. Often times people are mislead by superficial things and reasons for allowing themselves to spend time with another person. People need to get out of the mindset of “I’ll just try it to see if it can work out”. If you feel a person isn’t the ideal mate for you don’t waste time with that person. Unless you’re willing to understand that along with that mentality comes a lot of hurt, anger, and difficult experiences. Those are the risks you take when you spend time with someone you’re not supposed to be with. Trust yourself enough to make healthy decisions regarding who should legitimately remain in your life for the longevity.
Where do you see yourselves in the future? Both in life and love?
Kitch: I see Ree’️ and I married with at least one child. I also see us continuing to run a successful basketball business. I see us as an inspirational couple who can show true and pure love to others. I see us adding a makeup line as well as a clothing line to allow us to expand our brand. Overall, I see us in love with one another—Forever and Always.
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