TimeSlips Session #9
Story by various residents participating in Seniors on Stage Program at Cornell Hall Rehabilitation Center, Union NJ
Facilitated and recorded by Lillian Ribeiro
This man is the uncle of the boys who are there. He’s protesting. He’s protesting the taxes, “You’re charging too much!” Him and his friend are trying to find a place to park to eat down there in the restaurant or something. He’s holding the American flag.” Hip Hop Hooray. I’m proud to be an American.” He feels proud and tired. He’s tired of walking. He’s mad at the crowd. It is his day off from working in NY. He’s got on a shirt. Mr. Love looks mad. He’ll find a place to park. All the people out there are looking for a place to buy food. He’s fighting for freedom in America. The people. Free parking. Freedom of choice. For more services. For more jobs. “Freedom” the people say. We need all that. We need every bit. They don’t get their freedom. Not that quick. That’s what they are fighting for. Freedom. The police come along and give them all tickets and summons and plain old parking tickets.
“I got the best father in the whole wide world!” the son says and the wife says, “That’s not true.”