A big smile came on my face as I left church that Sunday afternoon in July of 1967. Our choir had sung some heavenly songs and I wanted those music people to continue to be with me.
So I called my Grandma, Bertha Frost, and said, “Please allow me to bring the choir home for dinner.” Food was not always easy to come by in our household because of income, but she loved to cook and love and laughter were always a part of her house. She said yes.
When we got there, we crowded into her small apartment , at least seventeen people—ladies all in dresses, men in suits and ties. The table was too small, so we made our way out back to the picnic table. Laughing, talking, sharing how good the food looked—talk of the mashed potatoes and meat loaf and collard greens. The Kool-Aid was so refreshing going down our throats. The sun was shining and God’s love was moving in our hearts. We prayed and blessed the food and the house and the people.
Mary Jernigan began working at East End Neighborhood House less than two weeks before she attended the Who ware, Where we live workshop there in May.
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Who We Are, Where We Live is a free community writing program giving voice to people who live and work in the Buckeye/Shaker community. Participants write stories, learn about their neighborhood, and share with their neighbors. Annually, selected writings are published here in an online anthology and presented at a final reading and celebration.