Come By Here: My Mother's Life by Clarence Major

By Clarence Major

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None of us had ever before seen sardines that small. He left us three cans. Many of the men gave us little tokens of gratitude like that. They sometimes gave us children candy. One, who hit the road before daybreak, left three single dollar bills sticking up like bookmarks in a book in the bookcase in the hallway. Another one came from Philadelphia. He talked a lot about that city and how people there were living. He told us about modern refrigerators and gas stoves, lots of new cars on the streets, people with loud-ringing telephones in their homes.

I mentioned earlier the family ties to Virginia. Before the Civil War the Hicks were a prominent white Georgia family, with six boys and three girls. All the boys were pretty well educated. Two or three of them were educated in law and the others became farmers. The girls all married farmers. Before the war the family had a reputation among other white folks for treating their slaves just like their own children. This was a sly way of acknowledging that some of them were actually blood relatives.

Running into me like that was just his strange way of expressing his interest in me. During this time I didn’t see much of my quiet, tall, stern brother Wilbur. He was working long hours on a Coca-Cola Bottling Company delivery truck. After work he would go to a car repair shop where he was learning auto mechanics. It was usually night before he got home. Like Pa, he’d taught himself a valuable skill, and he was doing all right in a world that didn’t give black men much of a chance at survival.

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