Goodnight has her own take on the world. I’ve come to know that already, but it shows up in interesting ways. We like to have conversations about books and movies and we certainly have our favorite quotes from both.
I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett before she did, but eventually she got around to it. When the movie came out, I went to it first because she was busy, but eventually she got around to that too. It wasn’t until after she had seen the movie that I used a line from it to try lifting her spirits when she was down.
I tried to do it as tenderly as I could: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Not a bad thing for any of us to hear from time to time.
Without batting an eye, GN raised her eyes to me and as tenderly as I had spoken, said, “I was born. I was raised. I was tolerated.” She thought it was funny, but somewhere underneath her tough exterior, I wonder whether that’s her take on her life.
My work with her continues . . . She is quick-witted and that’s to her advantage, but I don’t want it to be a cover-up for some unspoken hurt that could be soothed easily with a different perspective.