Beatrice loves this photo I took Saturday night at my Brother’s compound a couple hours up the Gold Road—Highway 49—up to Placerville, CA, FKA Hangtown.
Nikoley Family Octoberfest.
There’s two black kids, and Richard uses c-words and n-words. What?
…If you don’t understand, it’s only because you’re stupid.
Let me give you a hint. Those two black girls are sisters. They are being raised by my mom’s baby sister, Marilee, who’s in late 60’s and has outlived two husbands.
I’d never met them before, and curious sort I am, I chatted them up over the course of the afternoon.
I asked them if they like their living experience now (they are foster kids). They do. They feel safe and secure, and it gives them opportunity to develop themselves.
They were extraordinarily well spoken, polite. Off the scale.
I asked them about that.
“‘Nana’ teaches us how to talk to other people.”
So fucking fundamental, so fucking essential.