Shirley, the daughter of an unfavored marriage between her Danish mother and Italian father, met, loved, and married a gentle man.
With her mom shunned by her own family, Shirley moved on.
She wanted college, but life’s immediacies drove elsewhere. Instead, she joined the biggest department store in town and soon rose to the second most senior role of assistant manager.
Everyone knew and loved her as friendly, hard-working, and driven to help others. Despite diseases and crises, her family thrived.
Shirley’s children knew almost nothing of their grandmother’s disfavored marriage.
Unnourished, this root of racism withered and died.