I wanted to see the golden gate bridge but they wouldn't move.
are you these girls ma ma?
Yes these are mine.
here is the house.
I thought she lived in a hole in the wall.
How much money do you have?
Delphine,Fern, and Vonneta are on an airplane flight to Oakland, California to go see their mother Cecile who left them. Delphine is exited to see the golden gate bridge but cannot see it because her sisters are in the way and will not move.
The girls arrive in Oakland eager to see their mother for the first time in years. When they get their they cannot find their mother and have to wait with the stewardess for a few minutes. When they finally see their mother they are surprised to see that she is dressed like a secret agent. They are also suprised that their mother Cecile will not carry their bags or talk to them very much.
At her house.
The girls arrive at Cecile's house and are surprised to see that it is green and has no coloring on the walls. The girls begin to get used to the house and argue over who gets which bed. Then they talk to each other about Cecile and why she didn't help them get settled or stop them from fighting.
My art, my work, my supplies!
Just do it. It is for the people. The time is now.
The girls ask Cecile for some food and she asks them if they have any money. The girls are shocked. The girls are hungry and they decide to pay for the dinner even though the money was for Disneyland. On top of that they have to go purchase the food themselves from the restaurant. On the way to the restaurant the girls try to make a call home but are unable to use the collect phone because it is occupied by another man who turns their back when they look at him.
After the girls pick up the food they see that the man who was using the collect phone before them was gone. So they decided to make a call home to big ma and pa pa. Big ma answers and complains that the girls are calling her and wasting their money. She then asks to speak to their mother and when they tell her that they are alone in the phone booth and Cecile is at her house she threatens to tell pa pa. When the girls get back to the house their mother does not let them eat in the kitchen instead they have to eat on the foor in the living room. Delphine is suprised to see that Cecile eats with chposticks and not a fork. The girls imagined their first meal with their mother to be a lot different then it was. The girls hear a knock at the door and peek throgh the curtains. Delphine catches a glimpse of some people with big afros.
Where is Cecile
The girls act like spys and easdrop on Cecile's conversation. They over hear Cecile and the men begin to argue. She hears things like For the people, Sieze the time, and the time is know coming from the men with afros. She also heard Cecile saying things like My art, my work, my time. She was sure they were Back Panthers after hearing these things. The Black Panthers were asking for Ceccile's help but Cecile would not give them any because it cost her money to provide for them. Delphine was happy she was selfih to everybody and not just the girls. The girls suspect that the Black Panthers want Cecile to write a poem for them about the people with her special inks and papers. They also suspect that Cecile is printing money illegally.