By Suzette Francis
Dr. Lenny Faulkner, a unmarried, African American health practitioner resides a charmed lifestyles in Atlanta; in comparison to the terrible youth she skilled starting to be up in Madoosa County, a small southeast component to Georgia that reeks of the neighborhood field production plant. Lenny is devoted to the care and remedy of her girl sufferers. Lenny has been winning in attaining all her objectives other than one: She yearns to marry her live-in love Ralph and begin a family.
actually, the alarm on Lenny's organic clock is ringing loud and clear---she's turning thirty-five, yet Ralph, does not pay attention it. rather than featuring, he all of sudden ends their nine-year dating, empties their joint checking account and runs off with one other girl. including to Lenny's distress, she learns that her mom is demise of melanoma, with just a couple of months to live.
Feeling totally defeated, she discovers her 5th grade diary, which includes an inventory of ideas she had created to reside by means of. studying them after such a lot of years, Lenny realizes that she has someway buried the depth she verified in her formative years that helped her get out of Madoosa County.
The diary turns into the impetus Lenny must begin taking entire cost of her lifestyles back. She discovers that Ralph leaving is not one of these loss and that her newfound power has opened the door to new probabilities, together with love.
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I ask. “What did he say . ” Karen puzzles, curling her lips between sips of coffee, holding the cup inside her delicate hands, her nails neatly filed and lightly painted with a clear sheen. A different waiter pours water into our glasses. Karen hesitates to say more until he leaves. R ULES FOR A P RETTY W OMAN 29 “Jason and Ralph were talking about the bachelor party,” she says. “They mentioned our wedding and my ears perked up. ” She laughs. I laugh, too, and begin to eat with more interest, the food’s aroma teasing my empty stomach.
She tells me the cancer is back, this time, in her lungs, same R ULES FOR A P RETTY W OMAN 45 as she would tell that a cold front is coming through, it rained yesterday, we’re having a drought—no different. I sit up in bed, my heart racing uncontrollably. ” I am too stunned to speak. Ten years ago, I was with Mama when her doctor discovered that the lump in her right breast was cancerous. I was with her again, two years ago, when the same doctor discovered a growth in the remaining one. She told him, “Listen here, Doctor, I don’t want no pep talk.
Mama tells me not to fret over this, that it won’t be long before she’s in heaven with Daddy and Joe. “Can I bring you anything, Mama? ” She laughs with a throaty cackle. “Oh, Mama,” I say, with a knot in my throat. I think back to when I was a little girl playing outside in the backyard while Mama hung clothes out on the line, a spring breeze billowing out the sheets that tempted me and Rosetta, who is just two years older, to bound through them. Mama’s strong hands would pull us back as she scolded us, and we would stop for a while, until we would forget and do it again and again.