Ripples of Hope

  • Chapter One

  • Thomas

    It was 1917 when Henry left us.

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  • He broke Mama’s heart and planted fear in the rest of ours.

  • All Pa would say was,

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    Pa

    “life’s hard enough without a son in the war when your skin is darker than the souls of everyone else.”

  • Thomas

    Then Mama would scold him as she held Henry, their cheeks both stained from tears.

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  • The grief was tangible.

  • It seemed I could trace my fingers along its wakes from each person, even Pa.

  • Henry had tried to comfort us by mentioning he was helping the troubled world.

  • But his words were unable to hide the underlying truth that we would potentially never see his face again.

  • Mama sighed.

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    Mama

    “Just stay home, Henry…. Please.”

  • Thomas

    He gave her a hug and kissed her hair.

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    Henry

    “Mama, I’m going to make life better for everyone, for every American.

  • I am going to prove that we are no different than the average white man.

  • I’m fighting for our rights, for equality, for respect.

  • …I’m fighting for you, Mama, and Pa and Thomas.

  • I’m fighting for all of you to have better lives.

  • You won’t have to walk the streets in fear.

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    Henry

    Thomas won’t get bullied.