My heroine is my older sister by
two years. She saved us when were
just kids. My parents were
always into their own thing whether
it be drugs or straight self-guilt.
Nevertheless, Joneice always took
care of me. I was only five when I
came to realize that I depended on
her for everything. She was a seven-year-old wonder.
Joneice took care of me and my two younger siblings.
If you are wondering how a seven-year-old child did such
a thing, believe me it is possible. Joneice
and I lived in the projects along with every other
living thing at the bottom of the
barrel called life. Joneice would
make sure I went to class, and she would iron my
clothes (even though she sometimes
burned holes in them). The child
even cooked. She knew how to use a
kitchen knife, run our bath water,
and at nights when my father did not
come home, she put me to sleep. The
young girl was smart; on nights when
my father did not come home, Joneice
would lock up the small apartment
and have us sleep with hammers
besides us, just in case. It may not
sound heroic, but believe me, I
always felt safe with her.
Life in the ghetto was no blessing;
in fact, it was a day-to-day struggle
with reality at an early age,
watching my father beat his live-in
girlfriend, seeing my mother do
drugs, dealing with older kids
bullying my sister and me. Trust me,
the girl never turned down a fight
either, if anyone dared made me cry.
She was my peacemaker from teachers
to kids, fighting everyday on the
way home to avoid my being hurt; it
makes me cry just to type it out.
My sister has always been there for
me. At the age of seven, she
knew that the ghetto was no place
for a child. She called my
grandmother and asked for Auntie's
number (she lived a few hours away).
Once she reached her, Joneice asked if we
could come live with her because it
was not safe for us where we lived. She always thinks of
me to this day.
Joneice will always be my heroine
and no person or thing can replace her.
She gave me the car that she worked very hard to save for and get once she went away to college on a scholarship. Now that she has completed college, she is helping me
through college. She will make
something out of the both of us.