“This is the second in a series of three articles, responding to
questions about my childhood and teenage years.”
What was the toy you remember most from your childhood?
I only got toys at Christmas and before January ended, they were either broken or forgotten.
As a child, I spent most of my time playing different games
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These activities were easily replaced when lost or broken.
I also read a lot and visiting the neighborhood library every other week brought many new adventures into my life. I read every book, some more than once, in the Nancy Drew Mystery Series.
Mama struggled for many hours trying to teach me embroidery. Though, I loved the beautiful pieces she created, I lacked the patience to complete a project. Maybe, I’ll try this again.
What movie do you remember seeing as a teenager?
Though I saw this movie in 1959, thinking about it still brings tears – “Imitation of Life.” I remember going to the movie with a friend; and, we both cried throughout the movie.
The film tells the story of a white actress and a homeless black widow who move in together. The Black mother and her young light-skinned daughter need a place to live; and, the white actress was looking for a live-in childcare for her daughter.
Problems arise years later when the light-skinned daughter decides to past for white and totally rejects her mother. Despite the mother’s pleas, the daughter refuses to reconcile. And, after a number of failed attempts to reunite with her daughter, the mother dies from a broken heart.
The funeral takes place — in a large and beautiful church, a Gospel Choir, a solo by Mahalia Jackson, a long procession with a white horse-drawn hearse just as the mother had requested. Shortly, before the procession begins the daughter throws herself upon the casket and asked for forgiveness.
Everyone left the theater crying.