“Dear Papa,This tells me that she was nurtured as a writer and artist from her childhood. Cherries starts out being told in the voice of a downstairs neighbor of Bidemmi's, a woman who always keeps markers and paper ready for her and eagerly listens to her stories. This is the type of woman I want to be. If you have read any of Williams other works (A Chair for my Mother, Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart) you will recognize her love of children and her brilliant ability to craft stories that speak to their hearts. I learned from reading her biography online that she lived for a while in an artist community in North Carolina and taught in a progressive Summerhill type school for a while. She also spent time in federal penitentiary for being part of a women’s peace protest at the Pentagon. What an interesting life!
I still remember how you told me all those stories and how you saved the drawings I made and how you listened to the stories I told you.
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