“Ms. White, how does it feels being related to a man whose work influenced society. Changed the world?”
“I don’t know…I’ve never met him.”
“Isn’t he your uncle?” The teacher asked, knitting her brow. “I’m sure the principal pointed out that fact.”
“Great uncle.” I corrected her, adding. “I didn’t know him. He was dead before I was born.”
“Then surely your family must have some of his writings.”
“Maybe, I don’t know.” I shrugged my shoulders.”My grandfather was the oldest brother and the famous author was the youngest brother. I doubt my grandpa paid him much attention.”
“Well can you explain what did he mean when he wrote “the autumn is blue and so am I?”
“I haven’t a clue. Lots of folks in the family like blue. Including me.”
“Have you ever read your uncle’s work?”
“Yes ma’am…I’ve read it, but I still don’t know what he was talking about.”
“Didn’t your grandfather discuss his brother with the family?”
“I don’t know. He was dead too, by the time I was born.”
“Alma—exactly–what do you know?”
“Not much of nothing, ma’am.”
“You know how to be funny. Go to the office!”
“Much abide, ma’am.” I softly said, collected my books in my book bag and went to the office.
Well, when I got home I did asked my grandmother about this famed great uncle. Her husband’s brother. Her brother-in-law.
At age seven I didn’t know much of anything. 🙂
A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written.
The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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What did he mean, NOT meant!
He meant that due to life circumstances beyond his control he was depressed in later life. Not the kind of depression people talk about today when they say they are depressed. He was depressed because he had lived most of his life hoping that justice and equality would become a reality but he doubt it would bear fruit in his life time. He won a Pulitzer prize for his writings. And was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize.
I meant that you had used the word “ meant”, whereas the correct word was mean
Thanks for the corrections. I wrote a lot.
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😂😂😆 Alma, you ought to behave yourself. Which I know you’re not going to do. I can’t imagine you being ignorant even at age seven.
I have read something like that but can’t record off the tip of my tongue who is the author.
But seriously, thus, do you know what he meant? I think I know who your relative is.
Yes now, I know what he meant. He meant that due to life circumstances beyond his control he was depressed in later life. Not the kind of depression so many people talk about today when they say they are depressed. He was depressed because he had lived most of his life, into late middle age hoping that justice and equality would become a reality but he doubt it would bear fruit in his life time. He was right, it didn’t come in his life time but I applause him for supporting it and paving the way for others.
😆😂😂😂 Did this really happen?
That sounds like pretty advance reading for a seven year old.
Yes, it really happened. 🙂
I don’t think people viewed seven year olds the same back then as they’re viewed today. We didn’t read the simplified elementary literature being given to children today. I realized now, that we read quite advance work. We read works like Hemingway and the Greek Tragedies. Not Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was for three-five year old. When I was a kid, something like Harry Potter was for six to nine year olds. Not 15-24 year olds. Times have changed.
Why were this teacher asking you such questions? Is your relative Langston Hughes?
I have wondered that over the years. Why did she point me out? No, my relative is not Langston Hughes. I admire Mr. Hughes work but he’s no relations to me.
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