Gathering Together

Generational Dysfunctions Excerpt





It was almost summer and Barbara was about to turn sixteen months.  Diana had just found out she had passed all of her classes with satisfactory grades.  While she was walking home from school, she felt a sharp pain in her pelvic area. A pain she had never experienced.  I just got to make it home, and just lay down. She could see the glimpse of her house from the street.  Before Diana could take another step, she closed eyes.

When Diana came to, a strange man was standing over her.  She didn’t know where she was or how she had gotten there.  She figured she was in a hospital room because of the décor and smell.


Diana’s eyes fluttered as she regained consciousness.  She saw her mother in her peripheral.  She smiled and thought of her baby girl.

“Where am I?”

“Ms. Green you’re in a hospital.  The neighbor found you on the street, passed out, and called the ambulance.”

“What happened?”  Diana said.  “Where is Barbara-Jean?”

“She is at Ms. Johnson house.  You just lay back child and listen to the doctor,” her mother interjected.

“What’s wrong with me?”

“Well, Ms. Green you are severally dehydrated and you are slightly anemic and…” the doctor paused. 

“And what sir,” Diana asked?

“Well Ms. Green you are pregnant, about sixteen weeks.”  Diana did not budge.

“Ok Doctor, what do I need to do to get better?”

The doctor was amazed that her, nor her mother seemed to have any issues with the current diagnoses.  He thought it was odd that the young woman did not become frantic about her diagnosis.

“Ms. Green, my chart indicates that you are sixteen years old.”

Her mother interjected.  “Why does that matter?  What does she need to do? We can’t have her passing out, it may hurt the baby.”

“Yes doctor, what do I need to do to keep my baby healthy?”  Diana smiled.


Bernice was born December 31st, right after the Christmas holiday.  Bernard was born November 2nd, of the next year. Beatrice was born a year and a half later after Bernard.  By the time, Diana turned twenty-one she had four children, a high-school diploma, and had started taking some classes at the local university.  She was happy, satisfied with her children, and the outcome of her life.    




Favorite Scripture

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?