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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY
She was just a restless sought of person who had this desire to move far and away from the place of her birth, from the people whom she knew in the small Southern yet rural community of Gold Hill. Already, Felicia, recently separated from a husband who spent his days and months traveling on trains as a waiter, was raising three young girls, and now as World War II was approaching, she had now noticed that she was pregnant, and that pregnancy was not by the man she married, but by a man whom she had recently met, a man named John.Felicia managed though to stay around in the community, watching her siblings being married and having children, and also taking care of now bedridden mother who would die soon. Felicia and John had a son, whom they named Nathan.
About six months later, Felicia's mother died, and so Felicia decided now to move on. She had wanted John to go with her, but he decided he would stay in Gold Hill, for in Gold Hill, as it was said later, John was a man who loved women, and so it was the women within that area he wanted to be with.
So as time would tell, the African American woman who seemed to have a strength and mindset better than any man, traveled by train to Washington, D.C. Washington,D.C. in the 1940s by then was still somewhat of a slow paced little Southern city that still had its on traditions and taboos, and folks, black and white, had to mind their own businesses, still a little like the South but somewhat beyond some things that the South offered.
Felicia and her family had first stayed with her sister in D.C., but since her sister had a large family as is, Felicia had to scrounge to find a place. The oldest of Felicia's daughters was young when she married, and decided to move with him back down South. The other two sisters went off to school in D.C.; and soon the son Nathan was growing.
So Felicia had managed to get a house, a pre-fab somewhat of a house that looked like a box sitting on a stoop of some sought, and the walls on the outside was so thin you could ram your fist into it and make a dent. Yet, the woman who had been so determined knew that she would not stay there. So after the war and into the Korean Conflict, with the last two daughters married by now, Felicia and her young son Nathan said goodbye to the old pre fab on L Street S.E. and moved to the brand new projects in South West, where Nathan would grow and go to school, and make friends, and where Felicia would get a job as a nurse's assistant at Gallengher Hospital, later known as D.C.General.
Her own life was either spent at the hospital, or much of the time she would just be to herself at home, thinking about things that even Nathan could never understand. By 1960, Felicia was happy to have all of her children around her, they and their families. She was quiet much of the time, but just having h er there was the greatest thing that we as her family enjoyed. Happy Mother's Day to a Mother Who did all she could to Love Us. Joseph
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