Cecelia D Norwood
Monday, May 7, 2012
A Moment in Time
I was asked to capture a special time in my life and reflect on it, as I look back on my life, the one I hold dear to me is when I was a child. I guess I was about ten years old. I came from a family of ten. Being from a large family it was always something going on in our house. My mother was a stay at home mom who took raising her children her pride and joy. My stepdad worked a lot on various construction jobs. We were a very close family, I have sibling older than I and sibling younger than I so that placed me in the middle. Things in our house would get very hectic sometimes and I would just want to be alone.
My mother would often see me sitting alone in a corner at times and would ask me, “What’s wrong?” I would just reply, “I just need a special place of my own.” My mom would say to me, “Seal go and find that special place that you can call your own.” One day I saw my brother and his friends go across the street to this huge open field. The field had weeds that grew very high; in the middle of those weeds was an enormous mulberry tree that hung low to the ground.
One day my best friend Jackie came down from Calvary Manor. My family lived in Southside, close to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth called Newtown. In the 1970’s Southside had large Victorian Houses. We lived in a predominately mixed community. My house was near a corner grocery store called King’s market. One day, Jackie and I decided to venture over to the big open field. I ran through the tall weeds and Jackie followed and we just began to play and laugh. We came to a place and the open field that stood this huge mulberry tree that hung close to the ground. Jackie and I went inside to take a look as well as to get out of the sun. When we got inside it looked like someone had used it for a clubhouse. So I decided this would be my special place away from...