As I walked through Dupont Circle the other day I saw Amanda sitting on a bench eating her lunch. “I normally go to the Greek deli on 19th and M but today I went to Moby Dick’s and got the gyro platter,” she told me. The spot where she was sitting was ideally located in a shady part of the circle. It was one of those beautiful fall days that are warm enough that you don’t need a coat during the day.
“I’m half Jewish half Mexican,” she tells me. “And I grew up in an all black neighborhood in Chicago. She and her husband moved here from the Windy City for her husband’s job in government. She now works for a non-profit that focuses on assisting Hispanics pursue higher education. Although she likes DC her dream is to live in New York City. “And own a doggie day-care!” she said adding that they had a rescue Boxer-Pit Bull mix.
I was really touched by something she shared. Amanda said that her mother was disowned by her family when she married her father, a then illegal immigrant from Mexico. Now separated from her father, her family still has not accepted her mother even after 25 years! That just seems crazy to me. Family is family and you should be able to count on them unless you’re killing people or something like that.
Would you believe that I am not sure what happened to her $10! I know, I’m slipping. Almost three weeks have passed since I met Amanda so my recollection is fuzzy. I know she said she was thinking about buying flowers for her office…but I don’t know if that is what she settled on, so hopefully she will fill us in!
Help me out Amanda!