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3/11/2018 12:01:00 AM
Childhood Over: Follow The New Big Blue Suitcase
Written November 10, 2011

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist


Summer of 1950...
She was told that changes were coming...
After being in a house...
A house with both parents..24-7...
Mama was going to work...
OK..so ????...

She would have to go away to school...
She had to understand that this was...
Was the best thing for her...
She would be safe there...



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She already knew...
Knew she was understanding...
She had been told that...
Told over and over...
Mama said “You have to be a big girl...
If you are unhappy it will make me sad.
I have to go to work to pay the bills.
You understand about bills and
there will be lots a little girls there.”...

Busy summer...
Uniforms to be bought...
14 of everything...
One new big blue suitcase...
Labels and labels and labels on everything...
Work work work...

OK here we go...
She told her dog goodbye...
Left her beloved bike...
No more bruises
Hugged her parents...
NO TEARS...
Cause Big Girls don't cry...

Aunt Es and Uncle Arthur drove...
The ride was very long...
Took most of the day...
Quiet..Quiet..Quiet...

They were there...
Oh my...

She looked down the long driveway...
What a big building...
Dark and scary...
Oh my...
The car stopped...
They all got out...
Uncle Arthur had her suitcase...
Big and blue...
They entered the doors...
Doors were soooo tall...

It was sort a dark inside...
Then a Nun appeared in the room...
Oh this must be a Catholic lady...
Oh my...
They hide their hair...
Oh my...

She heard the words...
“Goodbye… be a good girl”...
As she walked behind the lady in black...
Behind her new big blue suitcase...
Down the long halls...
Up the steep stairs...
She knew with each step everything...
Everything had changed...
She had to learn to survive now...
Her trees were gone...
Her dog was gone...
Oh my...

She had packed “One Eye”, her bear...
She would hold him tight all night...

IT WAS A VERY LONG NIGHT

---More About Judge Rembert: WWII made Judge an only child when her half-brother was killed in the war. She lived in a tiny town in South Carolina until she was eight and her Mother went to work. She was sent to a boarding school in Belmont, N.C. From that time on she has lived back and forth in the two Carolinas. They are both home. She was born dyslexic and did not know what the problem was or that it had a name until she was about 45. She was unable to spell so she never put words on paper until she was 65 and had a computer with spell check. She comes from a long line of story tellers and a Mother that taught her much by telling stories. Stories about people and how they faced life and how they dealt with problems. If you read what she writes you may hear her Mother and her Grandmother talking to her. She is thrilled to know that anyone reads her words and finds them interesting. Oh, she is 75 now and she now makes her home in Aiken, S.C. If you like Judge’s writings or would like to comment on them let her know by emailing judgerembert@bellsouth.net.


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