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.
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.
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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