The Mom Job by LuRain Penny

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An excerpt from Miss Penny’s autobiography, Maintenance Drinker in the New Age.

Motherhood is the only state of the union, I never been in.

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 My own was an accidental parent.

A case of immaculate deception.

Mama never told me very much, so I never forgot it.

We never shared no sort of bond at all.

She farmed me out to sitters shortly after I danced out of her womb.

There is little recollection left of those early minders.

I was blessed to have been in the care of a woman who was my true mama in all but name.

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Ms. Wheater was black.

We called them colored in those days.

I seen no difference between us.

She had four kids of her own, and a man who brought in just enough to feed three.

She hired out. I was left with her family.

For nine years.

I ate with them, played…

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