FC: Calpurnia | Bailey Hamilton Danielle Murray 5th Hour
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2: I don’t think it should matter what color skin you got, we are all the same. I got kids of my own but their all grown up and even thought Scout and Jem aren’t related to me, I think of them as my own. I am very lucky to have the Finch’s in my life and Lord knows how those kids need a woman to teach them. Sure, I am only the Finch’s cook, but I have been watching over Scout and Jem ever since their momma died. Their momma died when Scout was about 2 years old, so I have pretty much raised her along with her father, Atticus. I picked up the motherly role on my own and doing so got mixed reactions from my friends. Some of ‘em see me differently for being on such good terms with them Finches. Atticus, Scout, and Jem don’t see the color of my skin, and they treat me as a part of their family. And that’s why I love ‘em. I don’t understand why a white man and a black man can’t interact at the same place without a problem. The color of your skin shouldn’t matter. We are all humans and should be treated the same, but that is just not the case in Maycomb County. Their father also don’t look at the color of a person’s skin. Scout and Jem may not like me at the time when I scold them but I do it out of love. In Maycomb, the blacks and whites walk on opposite sides of the road and don’t talk to each other. So I feel like it’s my duty to show Jem and Scout that we aint much different as everyone makes us seem. I, as well as many others are just African American people living in the times of segregation and it is the job of the under generation to try and change that. That’s why I get so much pleasure in working for the Finches and love being able to teach Scout and Jem things every day.
3: My Life
5: I have been blessed throughout my whole life with not only everything I have but also the people in my life. Let's start with Attiucs. I have known if for quiet sometime. He hired me as his families maid after his wife died. Atticus treats me so well. He trusts and respects me so much. You don't see a lot of white man respecting black women. He even allows me to watch over the house and care for his kids, Scout and Jem. His kids mean the world to not only him but also myself. Jem is the oldest and is so mature and such a strong person. Scout. the youngest,is much more carefree. I see myself in Scout and look after her as if she was one of my own kids.
7: His two kids also mean the world to me. Jem, the oldest of the two, never fails to impress me in his manner and character. He makes his own opinions and goes by what he believes is right. I feel like me showing him how to be your own person and his father being so strong and committed to his beliefs allowed him to become and be the way he is. Scout is defiantly a handful. Scout doesn’t care what anyone has to say or how society thinks she needs to act like. Atticus has always been a good father for Scout and guides her in every way a dad can. But a little girl needs a woman role and that’s where I come in. I feel like it’s my job to show her things that a momma would, like her manners and how to act around other woman. Scout teaches me what it’s like to be yourself and to be carefree with what you do which everyone can be every once in a while. I look at these kids and their father like they are a part of my blood family. I am not ashamed of my relationship with the Finch’s and I don’t think that they would ever be either. We learn from each other and help each other become better people. | Scout is defiantly a handful. Scout doesn’t care what anyone has to say or how society thinks she needs to act like. Atticus has always been a good father for Scout and guides her in every way a dad can. But a little girl needs a woman role and that’s where I come in. I feel like it’s my job to show her things that a momma would, like her manners and how to act around other woman. Scout teaches me what it’s like to be yourself and to be carefree with what you do which everyone can be every once in a while. I look at these kids and their father like they are a part of my blood family. I am not ashamed of my relationship with the Finch’s and I don’t think that they would ever be either. We learn from each other and help each other become better people.
8: I’ve had a lot of events in my life to be grateful for but two happen to be the best. One of which was gettin’ my job for the Finches I didn't know that workin’ for them would affect my life the way it has. Their job came to me after their momma died, and ever since then my life hasn't been the same. With the momma dyin’ and me getting hired I became one of the only women influences in the kids’ lives. I love the job because I come to “work” everyday am I'm surrounded by people who treat me like their own and are so nice. Even though I am only their cook I feel as though I have stepped into a much bigger and more important role in the family. I haven't just been changing their lives, Atticus, Scout and Jem have changed mine. The Finches have taught me how to love and not judge. Atticus hiring me to become not only their cook but a part of their family changed my life and I will forever be grateful.
10: Now another event occurred when their daddy was workin' on Tom Robinson's case. He was gone one Sunday and the kids ended up going to church with me. I knew going there would test my patience, with other and the kids control and respect to black people. It was very easy for a white person to be rude to any black woman they came across. Some of the people in my church weren't too excited to have them there with me. But may of my friends respected my guest and in return Jem and Scout did the same. No one likes being put into uncomfortable situations and being a white kid in an all black area can make those situations seem a lot worse than they actually are. But seeing Scout and Jem and the way they treated my friends was so fulfilling knowing that Atticus and I had taught the kids that everyone deserves to be treated the same. I felt like I looked into the future that day and saw black and white people coming together. Without prejudice, and without people judging. Being able to watch the Finches grow up has been such an amazing experience that i will forever be grateful for. I am so proud of the people Scout and Jem are becoming and iI couldn't imagine my life without them.
12: Now I try to not value material things in life and focus on my family, friends and God. Some people nowadays only care about what they have and worry about what they don’t. My Bible would have to be my most important item I own though. My bible isn’t just something I use on Sundays during the sermon, I use it every day. I mean we wouldn’t be here without Jesus Christ, our Savior. Without the lessons inside the bible, I wouldn’t be anywhere near the woman I am today. The bible allows me to learn about Him and everything He did for others. I would be lost without it. | G O D
13: Another thing I love would have to be my apron. It might seem weird but the apron stands for so much more. With all the tares and stains come memories and stories. I put on that apron everyday and become not only their cook, but also a very important female figure in their life. I never want to lose the apron because It represents all of my hard work I have put into my job. That’s why the lessons I learn, my family, and my friends are valued not what I have. I think valuing materialistic things does no good and that’s why I choose to value other things in life, with a much greater value.
14: “Suppose you and Scout talked colored-folks’ talk at home it’d be out of place wouldn’t it? Now what if I talked white-folks’ talk at church, and with my neighbors? They’d think I was putting on airs to beat Moses.”I never thought me saying that to Scout and Jem would affect them and me the way it has. Scout and Jem got to see my other life and what I am like outside their house. I lead somewhat of a double life. Around the Finches and other white folks I am very articulate, and sound smart. But around my friends, and my church, I talk and act like them. I don’t want to offend anyone by making them sound stupid. I am proud to be colored, and to be the woman I am, I won’t take nothin’ from nobody just because of the color of my skin. I learned a lot about myself that day. I learned everything I have been blessed with and I also learned that I love what I have made of myself and how far I have come compared to my other friends but it made me appreciate what I have come from and my own culture. I think what I said just goes to show a little bit about myself, how I act, and my outlook on things.