In April 2019, I won first place with this story in a contest sponsored by Tampa Bay Creative Loafing Newspaper. This is a story about a thirteen year-old boy from a rural village in Haiti, grappling with romantic feelings for another boy. He's confused and afraid. "What if I'm somebody I don't want to be," he said.
Our education system is in shambles. And as a mentor in our school system I see the first-line casualties: the minority students. We all know the grim numbers about the achievement gap and the low graduation rate of black students.
This story came to me during a conversation with a young man in Haiti who told me he wanted to come to America at any cost. I tried to dissuade him from getting on a boat, so I thought if he came anyway, why not make his journey significant.
I wrote this story about my mom on her 90th birthday. It’s published in Crone Magazine Issue #7, the Mothers & Daughters Theme issue. You can buy a copy at the link below. This issue is full of insightful stories that will resonate with anybody who has/had a mother. Oh my! That’s everybody ..
I wrote this story in 2014. It could have been written in 1914. It saddens me that someone may be writing about this issue in decades to come unless WE all learn to see each other as equals.