Janie P. Bess
Author of VISIONS, a memoir
Janie takes you on a Faith-filled journey of the human spirit. It is a fun-filled story of a military family whose oldest son, David, needs special care and attention. Whether Janie is stationed State-side or abroad, she finds herself fighting and praying for equal rights for their oldest son who is deaf and blind. Visions takes its readers on an unexpected roller coaster filled with laughter, romance, tears and years of adventures with David, Janie, their three children; David ,Terri, Tony and other family members in her unbelievably true story.
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VISIONS Chapter One We came from Batesville, Miss., shortly after my grandmother died. I believe it was late 1945 when the Southern Pacific train on which we traveled stopped in West Oakland, Calif. Mother, my sisters Flordnette, Sydney and Earlie, and I, Janie, had traveled through the Deep South westward for two days and I was tired, but my face lit up when I saw my daddy again. Daddy had left us a week earlier. With our mother's brother and her brother-in-law, Daddy had scouted out a place for us to live in our new hometown. I imagine we made quite a sight walking, sometimes single file, as he led us to a big, old, brown, wooden tenement house nearby.I was fascinated by everything I saw in the clean, well-lit city but nothing peaked my curiosity as much as the beautiful young women who seemed to be everywhere. With the gap-mouthed stare of a little country girl, I marveled at the bright red, blue and yellow dresses, the jewelry and shiny Marcelled-waved hair in colors I never seen on black women. They were the ladies of the night in their glittery sexy dresses parading up and down Seventh Street. I stared at them admiring their flirty, smiling faces and they returned my smile.“Them women are Jezebels,” Daddy said. “Don't look at them!” Daddy grabbed my croaker sack and threw it over his shoulder. He then picked me up and carried me down the long block with Mother, Flordnette, Sydney and Earlie in tow.
Your book is so vivid! I can see your family and they are A Mess!. Your sisters kept me laughing about their antics. especially in one Chapter That is when both Sydney and Earlie turn out the lights and lock your boyfriend David in the living room and they beat him upside his head with beer bottles. I felt like I was right there in the room with them. That was so funny to me! I am now reading Chapter 15 when you finally marry David and you're on your way to a military base.in Washington State.
I take my book wherever I go. Everybody wants my copy, I tell them to get a copy of their own. It's a must-read!