Published on October 31st, 2013 | by adamcarr0
Franklin Square Resident Session
Over Speed Queen BBQ, we got together with William, Viola, Jamilla, AnnMarie, Lena, Kyara, and Wilbur at Franklin Square.
The event was open, as was the conversation. We began with, “Who are you and when do you feel most connected to that person?” and branched from there, twisting in the many directions the discussion took us.
Below, find excerpts from that conversation.
-I’m still finding out about myself.
-I have nobody to go to. When I got a problem, I got to get in the mirror. I figure it out. Whatever it is.
-If you’ve got problems and I done been through more problems than you done been through, then I’m a little more knowledgeable on problems. I can help you more than you can help me. And I can help me because all I have to do is talk to myself.
-I was always the one in charge.
-I haven’t changed as I grew up. My mind tells me I can do things and my body isn’t able.
-I got on the Center Street bus going up to Robert Fulton — by the time I came home, my Momma know’d everything I did and said. Because all her friends were on that bus.
-They go grass out there now. When we played, it was concrete.
-They call me the mother of everybody. I’m the baby girl — there’s 32 of us. There was.
-From three mothers, my father was a father of 32 children. We all was raised together, all chopped cotton together, all picked cotton together. Never too far apart.
-We called ’em all ‘mama’ and they called my mama ‘mama.’ They were just like sisters.
-You — knock that chip off your shoulder.
-They know if I got it, I’m going to try to make it right. God left me here for a reason.
-I got my grandma’s original cast iron skillet with the lid.
-I’m a Big Mama in training.
-When I needed somebody, I couldn’t find nobody.
-An epiphany — it got me praying for my family.
-Come let me know what I told you is true.
-They see me as a challenge.
-My family — it doesn’t feel like there is that love.
-Okay. You can come over. I’ll take care of you.
-I’m not going to let this scar me — I am still whole. I am still whole.
-What about me? What about me?
-She called out their names in order.
-When she said something I didn’t agree with, I kept a smile on my face.
-I feel like I can do better by myself than have mama do something.
-I’m her favorite.
-He’s 8 months, but he acts like he’s 20.
-I love you and you about to get a whoopin’.
-My stepdad, he raised me. He taught me to drive in Mississippi. When I was ten.
-My grandma actually raised me, so I don’t call her grandma, I call her mama. You are my mama — you raised me.
-I ain’t talking to you — I’m talking to my mama.
-I was born there but raised in this city.
-My sister thinks she’s a thug, my brother thinks he’s a thug, and I think I’m a grandma.