SISTERLY TALK : Real Stories from Real Women — Adoption

Tranquility Just Fits Better

Adoption foster care Hyde Park substance abuse University of Chicago

Tranquility Just Fits Better

I am the eldest of six. Same mother, but none of us have the same father.  My two older brothers ran away from home, and I was here raising my three younger siblings, twin brothers and a little sister. At the time, I was 11. Mom was home at times, but never really home. Jonny, her boyfriend would give her drugs, and alcohol, and that brought her all the joy in the world. Meanwhile, we were simply a distraction. Jonny lived down the block from us and was brothers with our ‘landlord’. Each morning before getting mom, Jonny would drop...

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N'awlins

Adoption Hurricane Katrina Mardi Gras Nawlins New Orleans

N'awlins

Because every woman has her own journey. New Orleans is a massive melting pot of goodness: traditions, music, diversity, joie de vivre, food, and architecture. Statues, tarot readers, musicians, restaurants, vendors, and more. All of which are distinctive to my hometown. We are American, it’s all we know. I’d argue that no city in the world is remotely like N’awlins. To be from NOLA is to Laissez les bon temps rouler aka Let the good times Roll. True, Mardi Gras is huge, but there has always been much more to NOLA than that. Then comes August of 2005. Unthinkable. Unreal....

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