Well, Uncle John helped pay the rent. My granny was poor and struggling. She cleaned white folk houses, but it wasn’t enough to support us. Uncle John worked at the plant and made good money. She really couldn’t afford to put him out. Plus, he was her son, her blood, her baby-boy. On the other hand, we were her grandchildren…children of the daughter she lost to the streets. My mother had been molested by her father, too. He eventually left my granny and ran off with my mother down south. When my mother came back to Saginaw she was crazy…. She got schizophrenia, she’s a drug addict, a prostitute, and she is bipolar. I think my granny blames herself for that, but my grandfather was very abusive to her. She had no control over what was going on between him and my mother. He threatened her and he beat her. It’s as though she surrendered her daughter to him because she couldn’t fight anymore. And now she regrets it. I think that’s why she took in me and my brother to try and right the wrongs of the past…to try to do with us what she wasn’t able to do with for my mother, Denicio.
Open Auditions for new play, Denicio Barbier: May 30th, 5-8pm @ International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby, Detroit MI, 48202 Send headshot and contact to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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