When I first developed the story line of Silent Ties, I imagined a utopia where there was no black or white, just people. But I was only able to see that place through the eyes of a child. That innocence could only exist in isolation from the broader community and outside influences. My fantasy grew around two little girls that saw everything in common and not what was different. They rejoiced in running to join their playmate each day, the laughter they shared in being together, and the complete joy of having a special friend.
For Missy, it was her reality until that life-changing event, the beginning of school. It was an awakening for her, but as an adult, she realized it was a truth Addie always knew. Innocence had been taken from Addie at a much younger age. She needed to know her place and always be prepared to respond appropriately.
As this story developed in my mind, I questioned if this friendship would truly be possible. I searched information about race relations in the South and those times when the rules of segregation were set aside. It did exist and I invite you to learn about those moments of utopia. Please read, “Could Missy and Addie really be friends?” on this website at “Not Your Typical Book Club!”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana