Better known as Mrs. B, she has lived in the Heights for over 15 years. She is proud of her community and neighbors and in return, they love her to pieces. Last year Mrs. B and her husband threw a Fourth of July party for the whole block and it was a big hit; folks are still talking about it. When I first met Mrs. B we were standing in her front yard and could hardly hear each other. There was a group of kids walking home and they were talking over one another desperately trying to get her attention. They wanted to tell her about their day, show off a new pair of shoes or just say hi. I knew instantly that she was a dynamic force in this neighborhood.
So Mrs. B, how long have you lived in the Heights?
Oh honey, I’ve been here a long time. I used to live just outside of the neighborhood but I have been in this house for 16 years. We moved here because my husband liked the area. We raised five babies in this house and now our grand-children and great grand-children are always over. All of my kids, and some of my grandkids, graduated from Treadwell High School. We loved going to the basketball games. They went to Treadwell all 12 years most of them. A few of my grand-children went to Lester but we all live right around here. We love having family close.
Were you upset when the high school closed?
Yes we were very upset. Some of my grand-children were attending Treadwell High School at the time. When the school closed they were transferred to Kingsbury. Don’t get me wrong, they loved Kingsbury too but it just wasn’t the same. There was something special about walking to games on Friday nights as a family.
You live really close to the Given Garden. Do you think it will be a good thing for the neighborhood?
I think about the garden a lot! It needs help but I don’t mind asking my neighbors for help. If we plant our crops right this year and get the children interested I believe we will have a wonderful thing down there. Last year our greens were planted too late and I think we should have summer and winter crops so that people don’t loose interest. We need green onions, okra, beets, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes; and we’ll have it and people will love it.
How can the neighbors get kids interested in farming?
Lots of ways! There are a lot of kids around here. Just on my street we have about 10 and kids love to be outside in the spring and summer; even in the fall and winter when its warm. We could help the kids have a rummage sale one Saturday, teach them math skills and how to bargain. The money can go back into the garden and since the kids earned it they can decide which seeds to buy. And in the summer we can have community cook-outs and teach the children how to prepare and cook the food they grew. If we get the kids involved and loving it their parents will come and before you know it.
May I take your picture?
No honey. At my age we don’t do pictures.
*The pictures in this blog are from the Fourth of July party Mrs. B threw last year.