I used to work as a special ed. teacher at JCHS between 2002-2005. There I had an assistant, Ms. Mary Frances Aiken. We got along very good together, and, after our program was finished, we used to go to eat or to visit places or some of her friends.Ms. Aiken got sick in my second year in the USA. She got a heart surgery in Savannah, and after that, a stoke and she was in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. I visited her 4 times, because I was her friend, and friends are together in dificult moments, this is what I think!
After that, she could not drive anymore. She needed physycal theraphy, and she used to ask me to take her to the therapy, after school. Was all right, because we were friends! I was at her mother house, where she lived, at 1810 Tillman Rd, Ridgeland. I knew all her family. I am telling you all these things, because I want to make you understand what close we were. She tought me a lot of things, about USA and about the hystory of African-americans, showed me a lot of places. All the time, I was driving, and I was pleased with that. I used to have a little green Ford Aspire, manual.
In 2005 I left the USA, because my work contract was over. I needed to sell my car, and I talked with a man who own a second-hand car place near the Post Office, in Ridgeland, He told me he can not give me more than $500, but I was pleased even with that.
When Ms. Aiken heard about my "business" she asked me to sell my car to her, for the same price. She told me that she need the car, because, even if she can not drive it, it will be easyer for her, when she need a ride, to find a driver than to find a car and a driver. For me, it was a reasonable reason.
She told me she do not have the money, because her retirement papers were not ready, but she will send my money at home, in Romania. I gave her my address.
In 5-th of June, 2005, I drive by her house, with another 2 friends, an American and a Romanian one, for giving to Ms. Aiken my car.
There was her daughter, Ms. La Vonnia Smith, her mother and other family members. Ms. Smith asked me to write to her my address again, and she told me she will send me my money. I trusted them.
Ok,after 2 years, they never send me my money.
Ms. Smith wrote to me few e-mails, she promised me she will send them, but she never did.
MS. Smith moved somewhere in Oklahoma, she never gave me the new address, and she took her mother with her, because Ms. Aiken was sick.
Stela Aiken, Ms. Aiken's mother, changed her phone number.
What do you believe?? Was I very stupid, trusting these women??
When I was teaching my LD students, one of the girls ( Melanie F.) told me, but I take it as a joke "never trust black people".
Do you believe she was right??
I still believe trusting people is not a mistake, generaly speaking, but for me it was!!
All my best wishes to all my students and American colegues from JCHS,