2009-09-29

1971

I took a creative non-fiction writing class some years back. It allowed those of us to explore our pasts, or anything/anyone we came in contact with and write about it, but in a creative fiction type way. I am really glad I took that class as it has helped me to explore the world around me differently. Now I look on each experience as my next piece to write. Enjoy!

My mom and dad had been married for a year. She was twenty-one. He was twenty-nine. They both grew up in a miniscule town (or parish as it is called) in Louisiana. Lake Arthur to be exact. My mom once told me that before her last year of school, from her elementary to 11th grade year she had been in a segregated school. She graduated 1968.

When I was born, in 1971, I was born in Jefferson Parish in Lafeyette, LA. If you read my certificate you will see two things that are wrong or at least weird to see. My name is misspelled. So far at 38, have not had a problem with securing a drivers license or state id, but I am afraid that I may have a problem when it comes to securing a passport.

But the most glaring anomaly is for race it says colored. My birth certificate is my own historical fact. Even in the 70’s people were still referred to as colored. Granted it was the south, but civil rights was alive and well, a thing of the future not the past. Personally I don’t feel anything about it. It just is. I know who I am and what I am. I am more upset over the misspelled name.

I guess my birth certificate is a metaphor of my life; stuff just happens to me. Either my own doing or I just happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time. Sometimes, though I look back over my life and think, it started in 1971.

If you like more I might be persuaded to write more about me.

6 comments:

Jenna Byrnes on September 29, 2009 at 3:31 PM said...

Colored, huh? So would that be multi-colored, like red, green and purple? Man, I'm jealous!

Maybe it's not so bad. I can't even spell caucasion unless I look it up. Crap! I think I spelled it wrong again!

~ Jenna

nettagyrl on September 29, 2009 at 4:15 PM said...

hahaha! Jenna You kill me! =D I think I'm purple, but the royal kind. =D

TERROR DELIGHT on September 29, 2009 at 4:26 PM said...

really? colored? to be honest makes me want to go and look at my own birth cert. Its amazing how the south was and is still a hot damn mess. I prefer it to say shades since we as blacks come in different shades , lol im just sayin.

Brochure Printing on September 29, 2009 at 11:46 PM said...

Interesting, now I'm tempted to check my own birth certificate to see what it says.
Do write more, I'm sure your readers, myself included, would love to get to know you more :)

nettagyrl on September 30, 2009 at 10:04 PM said...

Terror Delight, yeah it was shock when I first saw it and now its like what ev. And shades yeah like caramel or dark choco. lol

nettagyrl on September 30, 2009 at 10:04 PM said...

Brochure Printing, glad you like the post! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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