Daily Archives: August 4, 2022

1630 W. Fulton

The second place I recall living while in second and third grades was 1630 W. Fulton:

Images

It was a tall skinny white building. When you opened the door, there were a lot of steps to climb to reach the attic apartment where Daddy Gilbert’s brother and sister-in-law lived. Daddy Gilbert’s brother was very pale with straight black hair. He was sick and always in bed.

Events

Daddy Gilbert’s brother died.

Muhdear and I began to sleep at the apartments of other relatives.

Muhdear and I stayed in one place long enough for me to go to school for a few months. For Halloween, Muhdear bought me a yellow plastic costume to wear to school. The kids at school tore it off me.

Emotions

I was miserable.

I was confused.

I wished I was back in Memphis.

I loved that I could put Ovaltine chocolate in my milk.

I imagined that I was the girl in the after-school television show when she said at the end of the show, “Take me away Mr. Pegasus, take me away!”

I was trying to become

Anybody but me.