"That's right...Collar got to match the cuffs"(191).
Plus you don't have to pay the 50 cents.
I'm having so much fun!
The summer was really hot and when the Walls tried to go to the community pool, Ernie Goad claimed they would cause a "Health Epidemic".
Denitia asked Jeanette if she wanted to come to the pool in the morning when he wouldn't be there, and you didn't have to pay to get in. She went with and was generally accepted by all of them.
Things need to change around here..CPS showed up today.
Fine! I'll get a job.
They had tons of fun. They swam the whole time and played pool games. For the first time in awhile Jeanette didn't feel judged.
Wow, we have so much more food lately.
A guy from CPS showed up and Jeanette was the only one there. She talked to him, spewing lies that her parents both had money and jobs. Ultimately she got him off the path of taking them away from their parents.
After this. Jeanette talked to her Mom and said something needed to change, or else they would be taken away. Reluctantly Rose Mary agreed to getting a job.
She got a job teaching, earning a lot of money a month. They had electricty, water, and plenty of food for a couple weeks after payday. While they could afford luxuries like a fridge, and random things like a vase and a nice blanket, they lived pretty much like before.