Of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer & Vixen…of course,
From Jacques Wakefield’s “Memoir of a Black Sixties teen”
“Hot Flash Mama”
Itoro Udofia challenges our thinking with this brief excerpt from her story, “Preparation”
First Daughter sounded more like her mother. She spoke in a deliberate tone. Enunciating her words to work out the lisp the mother passed down to her. In an early attempt to teach her a bit of the home language, First Daughter began to pronounce American words differently. An American kid shouldn't have an accent, look at where ours got us. The father scolded the mother. Despite the confusion and switching of language, she kept her smart mouth. It did not matter whether she spoke the mother tongue or the mumbling tongue (English). Her mouth always said what the eyes saw. That got her in trouble. It also made her keeper of the family’s traditions and secrets.
|Daniel Ross Goodman (photo provided)|
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