Date of publication: 2017-07-08 19:08
She packed a large orange suitcase. Her mother refused to take her to the train station. Girls married their way out of the projects. Going to college, the neighbors sneered, was trying to &ldquo be white.&rdquo
It has been years since Supreme lost his job as a barber and Chanel stopped working as a janitor for the parks department. He cuts hair inside the shelter and sells pirated DVDs on the street while she hawks odds and ends from discount stores. In a good month, their combined efforts can bring in a few hundred dollars.
&ldquo I&rsquo m really not happy with the way that you are victimizing others,&rdquo she says sternly. &ldquo I need it to stop immediately. Do you understand me?&rdquo
The house does not mean the same thing to each family member. For Ruth, the new house represents home, family, and hope for the future. She wanted her family to have a home.. their own home.. a legacy. Walter and Beneatha are looking for.
Minutes later, Dasani emerges with Chanel, who heads to the projects ready to go. She will wait for Sunita&rsquo s mother all night if needed, and they can settle this themselves.
She has lost the simplest things that for other children are givens: the freedom of riding a bicycle, the safety of a bathroom not shared with strangers, the ease of being in school without stigma. And from all of these losses has come the departure of faith itself.
This new dream is carried on practical terms. It is less about helping herself than about making her parents whole. In the meantime, Dasani worries about the most immediate challenge, which is to get to Harlem on time. Punctuality is a miracle in her family.
By the time they reach the bus stop, Chanel&rsquo s gray T-shirt is soaked through. She is thinking about Supreme, whom she could not rouse from bed this morning.