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  • I helped my friend again today. Apparently when I dropped her off at the big house where they were staying, all hell had just broken loose. The cabbie who rents the house thought someone had stolen his adderall and was searching everyone, there was dogshit all over in the house, dirty dishes, and the 19 year old daughter was screwing someone upstairs while her cabbie boyfriend was downstairs. All this drove the new grandma nuts.

    The big house. This is a nice house in a newish suburb next to a beautiful lake and park. It was probably 2400 square feet in a nice neighborhood. So my friend, his wife, and their ten year old were staying there because of their older daughter.

    Meanwhile, they didn't have a car and it took her three hours to walk to the grocery store and back. No bus service anywhere near there either. I'm trying to remember everything. Something about a guy who didn't play around and messed with guns. And that the older daughter wanted to keep the ten year old there with her. The mother, Divina, said, "I ain't leaving my girl with her. She'd be out drinking and whoring and DHS would take my little girl away and I wouldn't even know."

    Maria, the ten year old , is going to stay with her sister Mia, the 17 year old mother of the newborn. The dad is there too and he is black, twenty years old and unemployed. He was all tripped out because he didn't want any of my friend's stuff in his trailer. He was cool with Maria but not with her mom and dad. He kept saying, "Whose stuff is this?"

    My friend and his wife basically have nowhere to go. They have friends and relatives here though. They'll be alright. She can get her old job at the Dollar Tree back.

    Then I gave Divina, the grandmother, a ride to the hospital and asked to come in to see the baby. We were on the way in when the mother and her cousin pulled up. They had been out to get some other than hospital food. So we all went in. The cousin was being kind of cold to me so I told her I was part Blackfoot. That helped a lot. Later I put my arm up to hers and showed her that I was darker.

    Once we got to the fourth floor, Mia and her cousin went to get the baby, Jada, while Divina and I went to Mia's room. Mia had another cousin with three little boys three, six, and seven years old and her aunt there. We all crowded in then Mia, her other cousin and the baby got there so we crowded in some more.

    The littlest boy looked like a little girl because his hair was up in two pigtails. The mother said, "I dress him like a boy." I was embarrassed because I thought it was a girl. He was very shy but he let me hold him up, reluctantly, to see the baby. A little later he asked to come up to look again.

    Jada was asleep but very cute and after a bit stretched her little arm out and made a tiny "power to the people" fist. I said something about it and that was the kicker for the cousin who had initially been cold. She was tickled and buddied right up to me. That was when I showed her that I was darker than her.

    After that I congratulated the mother again and reminded Divina to be thankful for all her blessings. I was hoping that it would really sink in there while she was surrounded by so much family and showered as many blessings as I could think of upon them.

    I wouldn't accept any money for gas. She asked me not to. It wasn't a problem.
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