The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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In this story, Sandra realizes soon after leaving her Uncle Moses' Funeral that her family had not bonded as she thought they did. She tries to console her broken hearted and drunk Uncle but was only rejected. From that moment after the funeral, she realizes how unpopular opinions were not accepted throughout her family and her best option was to stay silent to void being seen as an outcast like her drunk uncle was.

Sandra and her family are beginning to leave her Uncle Moses’ funeral after the greatest family bonding moment she could’ve imagined. Not long later, her happiness is stripped away from her just like a championship belt and it left her feeling sour and incomplete. This is because her mom, Esther, who is a dark 5’8 curly hair women who was dressed in her woven African garment that consisted of different shades of red and orange, looks into the street and covers her nose instantly. She thinks she smells fresh road kill but instead smells Uncle Moses’ brother, Marcus, passed out on the ground with the putrid citric odor of alcohol leaking from his pores and contaminating Moses’ sacred area. Marcus is a 6”2 50-year-old black man with short black hair with white patches splattered randomly around his head, ripped navy blue jeans with dirty and dusty black dress shoes and a blue dress shirt that smells less of alcohol but disappointment and hopelessness instead. Sandra watches how everyone glances for a split at him to then walk over him and last but not least curse at him. Watching this, Sandra now thinks her family looks as pathetic as Uncle Marcus does, who is still passed out on the middle of the dirt street. Sandra detaches herself from her mom and runs to the side of her father's other brother while hearing Esther yell “SANDRA, COME BACK HERE AND STAY AWAY FROM THAT DRUNK!”. Sandra squats in her traditional African garment and began to pray over Marcus. Being so close to him, she develops an unnatural connection with her uncle... She begins to smell the harsh scent of 3 day old fish smothered in alcohol that has engulfed his conscience. She's gazing into his broken heart, watching the alcohol try to repair the lost of his best friend/brother. She feels the same pain that he is feeling while trying to appear unperturbed by death. She hears his minute breathing echo as if he were gather his last amount of oxygen before being taken away just like Moses was. He swiftly sprung up from his slumber, pushes her away, and their connection breaks instantly. With little energy left from pushing her away, he goes into a slow and slurred rant on how each side of the family attributed to Moses' death. Everyone ignored Marcus, everyone except Sandra… she sees the truth and how blind everyone in her family is to the reality of the situation. She flees quickly into her mind and locks up the only part of her conscience that she knew she could never express around her family… the truth.

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In this story, Sandra realizes soon after leaving her Uncle Moses' Funeral that her family had not bonded as she thought they did. She tries to console her broken hearted and drunk Uncle but was only rejected. From that moment after the funeral, she realizes how unpopular opinions were not accepted throughout her family and her best option was to stay silent to void being seen as an outcast like her drunk uncle was.

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Recorded by Ahmael Alexander on December 5, 2018
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