What can YOU say in six sentences?
Big sister Mariam was the eldest girl and had a striking facial resemblance and personality to Gladys but if you ever had enough nerve to tell her that, she would deftly rip your throat out with a rusty nail.
You see, Mariam and Gladys were so overtly alpha female, they didn’t get along well; Most of Miriam’s snide intellectual remarks slid uncontested past Gladys; not that Gladys didn’t understand but I really think she secretly admired Miriam’s language dexterity in using it to get her way and the last thing Mariam ever wanted was a gaggle of children to chain her down, like Gladys.
Mariam graduated with highest honors and easily got a high paying job with Lawyers Title Corporation and it wasn’t necessarily because Uncle Ellis was a managing partner, though it didn’t hurt, but it was her aggressiveness and intelligence the company bought.
She was out of the house and on her way toward independence with her first paycheck.
Sadly, she married a gregarious good looking intellectual loser that she clearly dominated but the ensuing three children cut her glorious career and dreams short.
I always suspected her brain was often repeating the overly used movie line; “ I coulda’ been a champ….I coulda’ been a champ!”; Miriam’s’ dreams died hard in the silence of her middle class suburban home.
Pix is Mariam and Sam at Junior High graduation. She made up the two year difference in their grade level in a heartbeat.