Q is for Quiet

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Q is for Quiet

It was there in black and white— due to a lack of funding, the patient is to be released.

Three nights later, Prince and I found a quiet corner and tried to console each other. “This can’t be happening,” he said, “I love you Lani, and I know that once you leave here I’ll never see you again.”

“You don’t know what the future holds…” I whispered, but in my heart I knew he was right. With the ugliness and violence of segregation gnashing its bloodthirsty teeth, I couldn’t even invite him to come to Daytona for a visit. That night was the last time I ever saw Prince, but as he sadly walked away I caught a glimmer of the silver medallion that remained around his neck.

The next day I would return to Daytona Beach, under-rehabilitated and unsure of what the future held. I was certain of only one thing. My days would be spent in a spiffy little silver wheelchair with spokes on the wheels.

Vocational Rehabilitation had purchased the chair for me, but now I was on my own. I had to find a career that would enable me to support myself and a caregiver. And, I needed a college education to do it. Back to School? I had always hated school and dropped out of high school when I was still fifteen , so how, I wondered, would I cope with the challenges of college? Maybe this time would be different… this time had to be different! Here I was, not fully rehabilitated and carrying a lifelong hatred of school— yet, I knew with absolute certainty that I was going to need an education if I was ever to have the independence I craved. As much as I would have preferred other alternatives, I had to accept the fact that a good education was key to the freedom I wanted— the freedom I needed— the freedom I’d strived for my entire life . Like it or not, I had to return to school.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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