I Got a Woman, Ray Charles

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Mar 2, 2020

I missed a lot of things. I was always out in school, getting work done.  I was always busy doing housework. I missed going out and having a good time. I played music in the house because I wasn’t able to go out. I was younger. Oh my. Doing the housework and doing this and that. So much I lost.

Mar 2, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnI_LuCJ4Ek I missed a lot of things. I was always out in school, getting work done.  I was always busy doing housework. I missed going out and...

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Music Memories

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Feb 24, 2020

I sang Whitney Houston at the talent show last Wednesday. I don’t remember why I chose to sing it. It’s my all-time favorite song. It was fun. I like things like this. I wasn’t nervous. I like performing. I feel good when I’m doing things like that. When I’m doing good. I’m glad. I just sing anything. I sing at home.

Feb 24, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU I sang Whitney Houston at the talent show last Wednesday. I don’t remember why I chose to sing it. It’s my all-time favorite song. ...

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Advice to Younger Self

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Feb 10, 2020

It’s going to be the way it is.

Stay at home longer and make sure you get some clothes and get a home before you go out on your own. I’m going to be in that place, so I want to like it. I have nobody else to help me. My mother.

I think about the person I’m doing things for is a good person. That’s what I learned. I was always the only one in the house doing all the stuff. My parents asked me what I was doing this or that for. I always had to explain. Maybe someone has a certain way of doing something. Not everything is good for everyone. You need to know a person for a while before you know what to tell them. What advice to give them. I always think of that. I’m the only one left in my family. This has been making me feel like I know what I’m doing.

I always try to explain things. I don’t ask anyone, “Can I do this?” They used to make up things for me to do, which made me mad. I wondered why someone did what they did or what I could’ve or should’ve done. I spent all my time thinking about what I was going to do.

I think to myself, you’re a person who is good all the time. I try to explain things to people. I love to see people happy. I like helping people. I’m not rich or anything but I can help people. It’s always good to take your time to do what you should do.

Feb 10, 2020 It’s going to be the way it is. Stay at home longer and make sure you get some clothes and get a home before you go out on your own. I’m going to be in that place, so I want to...

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Childhood Dreams

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Feb 3, 2020

I wanted to be a mother. I wanted to take care of children. I love children. I love babies. I had one baby: my daughter, Mimi.

I’m always interested in helping children, getting them food, and cleaning them. I used to babysit. I would pick them up and put them back down. I never got paid to babysit, it was just because I loved doing it. 

Feb 3, 2020 I wanted to be a mother. I wanted to take care of children. I love children. I love babies. I had one baby: my daughter, Mimi. I'm always interested in helping children, get...

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First Date

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It was very… didn’t know where to go, how to talk, or what. We would walk and talk, and he held my hand. So it helped me. I thought, how am I going to talk to him? And then we started talking. He was someone in school, and he started to come to me. It worked out good, so I was happy. It was later than my teenage years. Because I would go to stores, where I could make myself up. We met in school. We didn’t end up together. For me it was a long time ago.

I didn’t have a husband, I didn’t get married. There was one man who was with me, but he had to move away for a job, so it didn’t work out. He was nice, and we were together for a time.

It was very... didn't know where to go, how to talk, or what. We would walk and talk, and he held my hand. So it helped me. I thought, how am I going to talk to him? And then we started talkin...

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Talent

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Dec 2, 2019

I used to do everything in the house anyway. So I tried to get the things done and I liked it. I liked it. But it was the clothes and then this and that, especially before we had washing machines, we had different things to do, and they were hard. I had to wash them by myself and all that.

I liked to picture myself one day I’m going to be big, and I’m going to be this, and I’m going to have this, and children. I liked to think about everything. I ended up having a nice family. My dreams came true I guess. When you think of it yeah, I never think of it to say it that way.

Dec 2, 2019 I used to do everything in the house anyway. So I tried to get the things done and I liked it. I liked it. But it was the clothes and then this and that, especially before we ha...

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Young Trouble

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Dec 2, 2019

I wasn’t allowed to go out too much. I had to stay home with my mother. And if I don’t, I would leave to go to the stores around and then I couldn’t go far. I was always, I had to be there.

My mother was very protective. She used to tell me, “Don’t do it. You’re going to get hurt. They going to hit you, ” And then she would be at the window, she was watching me. So, I thank God that’s over. I lived in Bushwick. The neighborhood was safe. My mother was … I was a girl, and you got to watch this and that, and you notice stuff like this, so I had to do that.

I had some friends in school. And they might come over home to play. But otherwise, nothing. I was always alone. She was trying to protect me from people. You know she figured then and then, you’re going to get hurt, and you’re going to get killed and this and that so…she was Italian. She use to always say, “You’re not going out with this one and that one because this and that. Because she knew I was too friendly to anyone. So, she figured that maybe they’re going to hurt you that way. Just because at that time they wanted to see who you could hurt and everything. So, thank God for that.

I’m thankful for her for that, yes, because I don’t have that fear because, in school, it was in school and I had to come home and I use to cry because I’d come home and she knew maybe something happened to me. Some kids bullying…And that’s why I wasn’t so, too friendly with any of the people around me. Even the youngsters, the kids . I couldn’t do that and I couldn’t go out if I wanted to go out with them. They were going, “You want to come?” I said, “No. I can’t,” I says. Because, she use to think I was going to get hurt. So, the Italians are that way. They are that way.

Dec 2, 2019 I wasn't allowed to go out too much. I had to stay home with my mother. And if I don't, I would leave to go to the stores around and then I couldn't go far. I was always, I had ...

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Family Tradition

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For Thanksgiving, we would all spend it together and my mother would cook. I would help her cook, and set the table.

What I truly enjoy is helping people. Sometimes, I’ll see families in the street hurting each other or arguing, and I’ll feel sad about it and want to help. Not everyone would want my help, but many would appreciate my advice and listen to me. I was a 9-1-1 operator. Even now, when other residents go through periods of anxiety, I’ll go and help talk to them and calm them down. I speak both Spanish and Italian.

For Thanksgiving, we would all spend it together and my mother would cook. I would help her cook, and set the table. What I truly enjoy is helping people. Sometimes, I'll see families in the st...

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