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EXCERPT: Chapter 22 page 105 & 106
THIS IS THE PART THAT SOFAY, AUNTIE BECCA, THE KIDS AND HER GRANDMOTHER GRAMMY CONNECT MORE AT BREAKFAST. GRAMMY IS TRYING TO CONVINCE BECCA TO MOVE OUT HER RUN DOWN APARTMENT IN NEW YORK. HOWEVER, SHE GOT HER FRIEND MR. SMITH TO HELP INTERCEDE WITH HER PLANS IN EXECUTING THE MOVE.
Additionaly, Becca came into the living room looking more settled after taking a nice hot bath. Grammy looked out the window and said 'ok everybody let's go'. Auntie Becca seemed amused but curious she got her cane and made her way downstaris while both Grammy and I held both kids. Upon reaching downstairs and to my surprise Mr. Smith was waiting on us in his big pretty black car. He hopped out his car smiling opened the doors for us while pecking Grammy on the cheek and lips. He appeared to be a gentleman just like my daddy he was; very suave, talkative, and polite. He started asking questions about what I told Grammy pertaining to cousin Tommy and his girlfriend Sheila. Auntie Becca asked Mr. Smith what does what happened to me had to do with him. Grammy immediately jumped in and said 'because he's concerned Auntie and I wanted to hear from a man's point of view'. Intially Mr. Smith had a full day of activities for us. He took us to a restaurant to eat breakfast and it was exciting. The baby cried none stop drawing added attention from strangers while little Kimberley was having some type of shouting attack; where she out talked all of us causing Auntie to pinch her on the leg. Grammy can tolerate a lot but being embarrassed in public by a child is a no-no. She took Kimberley to the bathroom and probably spanked her though when they returned we didn't hear a peek from her. I could tell Mr. Smith was uncomfortable from the baby crying and Kimberley's loud outbursts because he stated sweating and nearly chocked his self to deaf from consistently pulling on his tie. He probably wished he hadn't brought us out in public but I bet the next time he wants to impress a family he'll think twice.
,Undoutedly, the adult conversation took a turn reflecting on Auntie Becca's new place to live. This time it was Mr. Smith doing the talking. He suggested that Tommie needs to be in new surroundings with his family and that Becca needed to finally be on her own comfortably. He said 'I'm only suggesting that you make a move because those hustlers won't give up until all three of those boys are dead'. He said 'he knew of a small place a friend of his rents out'. It's a little ways from Harlem predominately white not as racist and quiet. He said 'it's comfortable you are near lots of water and it's a family oriented environment'. Grammy asked where is it and Mr. Smith said 'Lake Placid'. Auntie shouted where you say lake who? Mr. Smith repeated his self he said 'we all will go up there once Tommie gets out the hospital to check it out'. Becca slowly said 'ok', Grammy was delighted she felt she was breaking through to Auntie I mean who really wants to live in an apartment full of roaches that you practically had to shoot to kill and then there are the giant rats that look like a size eight shoe. It's unsettling knowing this but to actually experience this is alarming. Once we finished breakfast Grammy wanted to go see Tommie. So, off to the hospital we went. Upon reaching the receptionist we were surprised he was released from the hospital. Auntie Becca had a smirk on her face over joyed knowing he was ok and at home. Although, I was ready to see momma my grammy wasn't ready to got back to Becca's instead Mr. Smith drove us to his place in Brooklyn. It surprised me that the three stories were entirely owned by him. He shared his place with his daughter and her kids. They lived on the first floor whereas, he had the second and third floors to himself and I must say he decorated the place like a palace. Unlike at auntie Becca's old place in her building there were three separate families on each floor which was a little strange to me. Moreover, I was impressed with Mr. Smith's neighborhood because it was cleaner with less people hanging out on their stoops.