Early Bird, 2004
Performing as my grandmother,Dew Drop Lady, and adorning the cultural signifiers of a "schmatah" and housedress enables me to fit easily within a community of senior citizens. We share in an oral vernacular that includes conversations about food and retirement. In the midst of our like-minded dialogue, I inform the seniors that although I am Jewish, I am also black. Exclamations are made: But your features are so beautiful! Based on the tenets of Jewish tradition, I am advised to "go according to my [Jewish] mother."
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