meaning somebody who rode through town once, ten years ago or who lived and died before your birth. They expect you to remember, to know, just like your mind is their mind and if you don't, they might take it personal. Get so made at you, they can't get on with the story. Not like Fannie Mae. She will get all into a story and catch herself: "But that was before you were born." Fannie Mae will pause, grin for emphasis and say, "And I wish you coulda seen it!" not me. when i get through when i'm done won't be no wishing you could see. you gone see.
Copyright © 2005 by Doris Davenport. From Madness Like Morning Glories. Reprinted with permission of Louisiana State University Press.