Angels Watching Over Me - Chapter 1, Part 2

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 17th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We left off starting to get to know Carissa and her father before her. We learned he was a fisherman. We also learned that her mother had a heart condition.

Let it be

Winchester knew the story of his people. His father had told him of the many racial slurs and Winchester witnessed some slights and slurs from a very young age himself. Because of his family legacy nothing was more important to him than freedom and the equality of all men.

Though he was fortunate to grow up a proud man in a free country, as a little boy he watched his father, a pillar of the negro community, greatly loved and respected by his people, belittle himself, in front of the white man. These were the effects of family conditioning, a throwback from their American roots. Winchester was thought to be subservient to the white man. When he asked why his family accepted such behavior from the white man he was told to be quiet.

“Winchester, his grandpapa, would often tell him, “you must leave these problems to God, there is no sense stirring up trouble. The white man don’t change for the likes of us poo coloured folk. So we bees quiet and go bout our business.”

“But grandpa, that white man spit on Papa and Papa did nothin,”

“Boy, you just a lad, 10-years-old, you are too young to understand these things. Let it be son, let it be.

He Stood With Clenched Fists

It was explained to Carissa as far back as 1921, when the conversation took place with Papa and his grandfather, that Winchester realized to talk to his family about self respect was useless. They were not physical slaves in this new country but their minds and souls were still enslaved.

The next occasion when he went into town with his Papa, he stood quietly with clenched hands and quivering lip as a tall white man shoved his Papa out of the way to get to the better choices of meat at the market.

He also stood quietly when the bus did not stop to pick them up and they had to walk 10 miles to get back home. When he finally made it home, he didn’t tell his grandpa about his day. He didn’t complain or question the events that had transpired. He simply went out back and kicked the dirt with his shoe until his Momma called him in to wash up for supper.

Freedom for all

Winchester grew up to be a hardworking and very quiet young man. He kept to himself and spoke only when spoken to. He was very much like his father before him. But the difference was Winchester was a proud man who believed that all men were created equal in the eyes of God and all men were free to speak their minds if the occasion presented itself. For him freedom meant more than an ideology which spouted rhetoric about equality.

When his people went to the market they should not have to settle for second best. Freedom was a release from oppression in whatever way it manifested itself.

Winchester had the opportunity to put his beliefs into action when the Second World War broke out. He was 29 years old and happy to serve his beloved country - Canada. By this time, he too was a husband and father. He trusted his wife Kate and the children were safe in God’s hands. He knew his duty was to help make the world a safer place; a place where his wife and children were free and where people of all colours, cultures, and religions could live together without threat of violence or oppression.

To be continued

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, great story and great family. The first time I read this I really didn't think the father should go off to war and I've just read it again and I still feel the same way. I understand why he went but I just feel that with a family he should have remained at home.

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

thanks for your comment, you are the first to ever comment about the father. I like that. Yes, he should have stayed home with his family but this is what makes Carissa's story so compelling.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Nov 2015 (#)

Carol, you are right and her story is so amazing. I hope a lot of people read this story.

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

I hope so too, this time I am going to put it all on here, and not get distracted like the last time.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Great story Carol. Blessings.

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