12/19/13-Daily Prompt:

Born on the wrong side of the tracks, she learned toughness was…

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3 Responses to 12/19/13-Daily Prompt:

  1. Tea norman says:

    Born on the wrong side of the tracks, she learned toughness was…the only way to stay alive. Toughness gave her a reason to live each day. In school, the Sociology teacher called it “survival skills.” One day she painted a picture of an old abandoned house by the railroad tracks. Neighbors said, “bums and crackheads sleep on the floors in that house.” After she finished the painting, a feeling of hope stirred in her body like a dolphin would stir the surface of the water. Now she used all of the ugliness around her in her paintings. It gave her a reason to get up and go to school every day. She also painted the people who scared her. Like the man who lived over the corner barber shop. He always whistled at her when she passed under his window. Jenelle never looked up. She never wanted to see his eyes. Her grandmother said “in the eyes are good and evil. Never look at evil, or it will feel the right to come and dwell in your soul.” Jenelle believed all the words her grandmother spoke. After all, her grandma was ninety years old. She had to know something.

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