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