Had I known on this morning my life would change so much, had God told me years ago that my mother would be clean and we’d have a relationship I don’t know what I would have done? Miss Jenkins spilled the beans. Miss Jenkins, “baby I am your grandmother and this here is your aunt. I’ve known since the day you walked through that door at Joneson Academy in eighth grade you were my granddaughter. I am the reason the coach came to your school and recruited you.
For the first time, I was angry with Miss Jenkin, grandma Jenkins whoever for the first time. She prided herself on being honest and taught me the same but was dishonest with me for years. Tears just streamed down my face. I asked her how could you keep something like this from me? She said honestly, I was ashamed. I got pregnant with your mother when I was 16 years old. My parents told me that the greatest gift I could give that child was a family that could afford to take care of her.
My parents assured me that they would find a home for her. Boy did they lie to you Miss Jenkins I said. My mother was bounced around foster homes up until she was 16 years old. She got tied up in drugs and prostitution and then I came along. Do you know who your father is? No, I don’t and neither does she. Miss Jenkins,” I know sweetie. I hired a private detective to find your mother and when he did he told me everything. Then he told me about you and how smart you are and how you played basketball. I was so excited that I convinced the coach to go check you out and he did. When I found out they had recruited you I vowed to be as much involved as I could. Sister Lauren found your mother and vowed to help her get clean. We were on a mission but everything had to happen in God’s time. “
Does my mother know? Your aunt Lauren invited her over for dinner at our place tomorrow after church. Granny I don’t know about all of this and I honestly don’t know how I feel about any of this either. Don’t get me wrong I am excited to find out I have a family but it is a lot to take in. I understand said, Miss Jenkins. Sister Lauren took me home and during the whole car ride, all I could think of was how my life could have been different had they spoke up sooner.