Until I was 6 years old I had 2 individuals that were like members of my family that some said were “colored folk” from the “other side of the tracks.” My favorite and the one that was around the longest was Octavia.
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Octavia was referred to as “negro,” “black,” “the maid,” and the “housekeeper” by my relatives. Really she was brown. She wasn’t black …….her skin was the color of my Aunt Mary’s horse which we all called brown or chestnut, not “black" like the delivery driver's skin was. I don’t know anything about Octavia’s personal life. I never heard anyone ask her about it either. I don’t know if she was married and had kids or grandkids of her own, or who in the world took care of them while she worked all day taking care of my relatives?