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This event takes place in Mobile, AL around 1948. Alice (my mother) was 13 years old, and Eva Jasper (my grandmother – Mom’s side) was 51 years old. Eva worked for a white family as a house keeper. During this time, Jim Crow laws were still in effect and the civil rights movement was not officially active (check out the history section at the end of this post). In Mobile, Negroes worked low paying jobs, and one of the primary sources of income for Negro women was cleaning the house and keeping the children of white people.
On this day, Alice went to visit her grandmother. However, this day was different because when she arrived at Eva’s house, she had a bandana tied around her head. Alice asked, “Momma Eva, what’s wrong?”
Eva responded with her head hung low, “I’ve got a real bad headache. This bandana will help it go away. Only problem is I have to go to work today.” Without hesitation, Alice said, “What if I go for you today? I don’t mind!”
I enjoy being a grandmother! It’s especially nice when my granddaughter (Taylor) can spend time with her great-grandmother (Alice) as well. Taylor is actually closer to Alice than she is to me. Alice kept her, while her mother worked, until she was 5 years old.
We always enjoy Taylor’s summer visits. The time flies by. This summer, Taylor attended basketball camp, various library programs, movies, nature walks, photography opportunities, new restaurants, and travel. See some highlights below:
Granddaughter (back row in pink top) at basketball camp
Granddaughter with SWAT Team member
Taylor Decorated These Cupcakes at the Library! She ate them on the way home!
Granddaughter at Movies with the family
Granddaughter on nature walk – getting our photography groove on!
Nature shot near the Potomac
Taylor, looking forward to your visit next summer!