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Old 04-25-2014, 06:17 AM
writergal (Offline)
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Your world is becoming much clearer now. Think back to before the rape. Try to remember what kind of child you were. Were there other kids around your age that you use to run with or was it mainly you and your brother?

Before the rape I was pretty much carefree as most children are . I use to chase fire flies , harrass my brothers and friends and I was definitely a daddy's girl , when he was home .

What did you do for fun? Were you more into playing with dolls or were you more the type that would have been out chasing fireflies and catching tadpoles and crawdads?*

I somewhat liked dolls but I enjoyed being outside more around the other children.

Did you have to spend time doing chores? Did you have to help your parents with odd jobs in order to help support the family?*
I helped out when I could with chores. My mother always thought I could do more than I would admit to . My father would always say she is too little ,give her a year or two . I use to hand my Mom the close pins to hang the sheets and attempt to sweep the porch which she hated. That was about it.

Were you close with your family? Are there any memories that stand out about your mother or father, good or bad?
We wereas close s many of the family’s in those days . The main goal was surviving and tending to the farm . I was closer to my Dad because he always let me have my way . I was the only girl in the house of 7 boys . My mom was firm and thought that I should be learning more domestic things to land a descent husband.

Any memories of going to church? What about get-togethers after church with extended family and neighbors? Were you the shy one or more the one who wanted to be involved in everything, maybe even a bit of a show-off?

I liked the church events that was one of the main events every week , I felt free when I was there . My mind could wonder and people would just think I was engulfed in the sermon. One of my favorite memories was the easter egg hunts after church and the church socials. I use to love to see the old ladys in their beautiful hats. I could have passed on the mixture of scents from the various old lady perfumes.
/yuck !

The civil rights movement was going strong during that time, especially in Mississippi. You may have been too young to have taken much notice of it but I’m sure it would have been discussed by the adults. You may have even had marches or protests happening close by. I would assume that there was a lot of tension in the air.* Yes, all I remember my parents saying is we can't do this or that . We can't go here or there. My why nots where never answered to my satisfaction if at all.

Were there any incidents that stood out for you? You don’t have to go into any detail; yes or no will suffice. If so how did you feel? Were you frightened or did you get caught up in the excitement, or maybe even a bit of both? How old were you the first time you became aware of racial inequality or did you even notice it?

The first time I noticed racial disrespect when a man kept calling my dad boy and he never corrected him . I was even in the store playing with a little white girl, she let me see her dollie , her mother came over and snatched her hand away and threw the doll at me and said she can have it it's ruined. I loved that peach face dolly with the blue sparkling eyes.

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