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There's a Color Purple in a lot of families

I often think about it whenever I see the movie Color Purple or read the book, and to me both were very interesting and very good. When the movie came out there were criticisms and I believe from many of my brothers, and I guess I may have had a criticism myself. Yet I thought about it. As I thought about it, I heard the comedian Jackie Moms Mabley say how her father made her marry this old guy, and we all laughed because it was funny. Yet, I thought about it when I saw the movie and how the father forced his daughter on the guy named Mister.
I once overheard my mom say that when she grew up in the early 1900s how a friend of hers was given up to live in some guys house because her parents could not afford her anymore. Things like that have happened in a lot of households of the time whether we want to admit it or not, and whether we try to hide those things or not.
Another case somewhat in the same part comes to my mind. Takes place in N.C. A lady named Hannah had some children, whereas some of the oldest of her six managed to do the right things. Now Hannah had admired one daughter...Elaine...who had gotten married and lived in California. Then Hannah's other daughter Betty, the wild one, at a very early age had a child out of wedlock. So Hannah warned her that upon her death that Elaine's daughter would be sent to California to live with Elain. It happened. Hannah died. Papers were drawn up and such, so a young seven year old Doris went to live with Elaine. As Doris grew up, Doris was considered daughter to Elaine, although they did keep in touch with Betty who by then over some years had about five children. Doris today is in her sixties; Elaine and Betty are deceased.
So you see we all have a Color Purple within our families somewhere, somehow, someway.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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