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Letters of an Abiding Faith:

Legacy of a Slave's GrandDaughter to her Son

written by Ella Lewis to her Son (Rudolph Lewis)

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Letter 39

 

May 24, 1986

 

Dear Son,

How are you Fine I hope as for me doing Fair. I wrote you last. Look like you could call let me know how you doing.

Well Every Body here is under complaint. Bunk Been down with her Back this week. Well Aunt Sallie Fell and Broke her hip 2 weeks ago. She still in the hospital in Baltimore. Well I Guess Theresa told you there wont Be a wedding. She postponed hers too.* Chicken is on his vacation he is in Baltimore last Week. Also Peter has Come home again He look Bad.** All send love to you.

I don't call my self riten a letter Just a note. So what are you going to do the Summer. Are you planning on Coming home or What. Take good Care of your Self Rite when Ever you can So Long.

For now yours as Ever

Mother

PS I love you

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Commentary

*It seems certain by the time of this letter that Mona Lisa and I had broken up and that thoughts of marriage were far from both our minds. It was all for the best. As Mama says, God works in mysterious ways and wonders to behold.. When we think we have been denied what we desire, it is not always a bad thing. Often we are being prepared for something better. Something that God really wants us to have; something that will be the best for us and those about us. We can’t thank the Lord enough for our blessing, even when it seems a disastrous outcome. I learned that from Mama, too. 

I am uncertain to whom Theresa was then engaged. She would, however, marry; divorce; and then marry again. She and her second husband, Tim, were married in the yard of the family house. I don’t know why she did that. I suspect she, knowing Mama is a holy woman, wanted Mama’s blessings so that this marriage would last and be all she wanted out of a marriage. Moreover, the family house was built on consecrated ground. Theresa and Tim later moved to Virginia. The two of them stayed at the family house with Mama for a couple of years before they bought land and built a house near Petersburg.  An employee of Bell-Atlantic (now Verizon) for over ten years then, Theresa, had her job transferred to Richmond, Virginia. Theresa’s son, Maurice, then grown, remained in Baltimore; he stayed in Lucinda’s basement. He will marry soon. 

Theresa and Tim now have their own house. They had it built outside of Petersburg. Both of them are working and doing fine. Tim, the city boy, has adjusted to Virginia and country life. His favorite pastime is hunting squirrels, in which he always brings a few for Mama. In that Mama still has a wood stove in the kitchen, he also brings her wood and stores it under the shed. He has not forgotten her generosity and sympathy when he and his wife were struggling. It is true, in this instance, you reap what you sow.

**Chicken and Peter are Mama's grandsons, the sons of Edith and Annie, respectively. Other comments have been made about them in other of Mama's letters and my commentaries.

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