Berta sat down, dog tired. Tears ran down her cheeks. She brushed them away.
What had she done to be saddled with a life of hardship and misery and an ungrateful child? Hurt and anger welled up inside her as she thought about her only daughter, Clarissa. She, Berta had worked so hard to make sure that Clarissa went to a good Negro school where she’d meet a fine Negro man and what does she do? She runs off with an Injun. All that money wasted and all that hard work for nothing.
Slowly, she rose to finish the ironing.
This was inspired by the movie, Unbowed.