“I’m scared to go back to work. I just called out my boss in front of a large group of people. I just wouldn’t let it go.
“I’m not sure if people have become less interesting, or if I’m just less interested in people.”
“I come from Ghana. I’m always smiling. People ask me: ‘Isaac, why are you always smiling?’ I tell them: ‘What else can I do?
“We’ve been together for twenty years. I’ve never dated anyone else. But there’s no intimacy. There’s no ring on the finger.
“We didn’t expect to be raising our granddaughter. We used to talk about moving to the country when we retired.
“I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: ‘Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.’ I don’t believe that anymore.
“All the bosses care about is getting the job done. So if you have a good work ethic, the work falls on you more.
“My ninety-year-old mother just moved in with us. So I’ve become a full time caretaker. I’m all she’s got.
“This was supposed to be a regular “hi mom” visit. It was my first time coming home in five years. I was expecting my mother to pick me up from the airport, but my sister-in-law was there when I landed.
“I’ve been on my own since the age of twelve. My mom decided that her drug-dealing boyfriend was more important than me.
“My grandmother got me a violin when I was thirteen. Whenever people were fighting, and I wanted to get away, I’d just go in my room and play.
“I fostered thirteen little babies in my life. It’s just a passion I have in my heart. Often they’d just come wrapped in a blanket.
“I thought I was going to work until I died. But they came in and told me that I was too old and that I didn’t know the computer.
(3/3) “I miss that we can’t go out and dance. Or visit other people. We used to volunteer at the senior center every Wednesday.
(2/3) “We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Branson, Missouri. On the drive home, she kept telling me that we were going the wrong way.
(1/3) “I was nineteen. She was sixteen. Our dates were normally on Sunday. We didn’t do much of anything.
“Don’t get me wrong. I want everyone to get along. And I don’t want to sound racist. But they’re coming into our country.
“This racial stuff to me is BS and I’m tired of hearing it. I have it made because I’m a white male? I’m prejudiced?
“I feel homeless. Like this isn’t the place that I thought it was. I feel like I don’t understand where I am.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve owned a flower shop. I owned another store twenty years ago, but it went bankrupt.