“ The Grass Is Greener On The Other Side ” by Sue Ellen Beasley
Although obviously segregated, Dania has had a black woman Mayor. Modern day racism wasn’t the issue really. It’s more about historical racism. Black people were not allowed to live in the main street areas in the day and it basically remains that way.
Dania has one of the most beautiful clean beaches anywhere! I loved being on the beach at night when no one else was around. Like on
In 1993 I rented an office only a few feet from Us 1, on
The owners wanted me and my doggie to live there because it provided extra security at night and weekends when the other offices were closed. They were architects, with a huge office 2 doors down from mine on the 2nd level. An artist, real estate broker and 3 other people occupied space on ground level. The artist and I became friendly. I even transported one of her large pieces to the
One of the owners was so nice he even baked cookies for my doggie. She had the kind of effect on people. I still received little packages from overseas. The packages weren’t for me. They were always addressed too and for my doggie. One of my financial clients knew she loved peppermint candy and sent her some every now and then from
My baby was so unusual that kids would come to the door and say, “Can
Her and I traveled all over this country together and flew down to the
Dania was so small that we walked everywhere and got to know every part of it. I’d walk across the rail road tracks to get to know people. One elderly woman in particular, was my favorite. She was 100 years old, very intelligent and living in a senior complex that had individual small homes.
I enjoyed talking to her about current events and hearing about the past. She was originally from
Some little kids walked by, waved and spoke to her. She said they were nice kids with good manners. They’d rake her yard when she didn’t feel like doing it.
Then she told me that their mother was dying of AIDS. She had been in a car accident, didn’t get badly hurt, but she had needed a blood transfusion. The blood was tainted with AIDS.
The mother had been sick every since and didn’t have long to live. She had two kids; Mary who was 8 years old and a 10 year old son. They loved their mother so much. The elderly woman told me that little Mary was always saying she wanted to die first so she'd already be in heaven when her mother got there. Later on, Mary’s aunt and other family members said the same thing.
To get to school, the kids had to cross the rail road tracks. One morning, Mary, he brother, cousin and other kids were crossing the tracks when they saw the train in the distance. They had plenty of time to get off the tracks and everyone did so. When they turned around, Mary was still on the tracks. They yelled for her to get off, but she refused. She said she wanted to die so she could be in Heaven when her mother got there.
By then several people were yelling for Mary to get off the tracks. Her brother ran to her and tried to pull her off, but she fought him and pushed him away.
He hit the ground and rolled off the tracks. There wasn’t time for an adult to get to her and pick her up.
The train came.