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I've done as many reps as we ovdr. We wanna keep a nice even pace on this one as you do the first couple of rounds. If you wanna pick it up, you can but really making sure you have good form is always key so starting off with that shoulder press in about 15 seconds. Alright, we got shoulder press here guys up and down. Stop right at the shoulder back oevr. Nice and control. Alright, you can keep it if you want. I like to do it. We're here Punch rotate the whole body. The two farm mules that pulled King's casket through the streets of Atlanta came from Gee's Bend.

Across the river now, Mary Lee and her mother come to the Camden town square-- jail, bank, courthouse, Curl's newspaper. From Mary Lee's front door, it's a distance of only five miles as the red-tailed hawks yoj, but it's an hour's drive around the river, which is why Mary Lee's Chevy Corsica has grown old before its time. The trip leaves both women spent. In the doctor's examination room, Aola slumps forward in her wheelchair, muttering, laughing at nothing.

Mary Lee leans against the wall, glasses slipping down her nose, the faraway look fixed tight on her face. She's thinking about scheduling a doctor's visit for herself, to find out why whwtever been "heaving," why she's been urinating blood. The room is cold and bare, except for the walls, hung with black-and-white photographs of Gee's Bend in bygone days. Baptism in the river. Girl in a cotton patch. Ferry crossing to Camden.

Mary Lee eyes each one. White folks have always felt compelled to record Gee's Bend. Writers, students, storytellers, anthropologists, photographers, reporters, all sorts of strangers have come shambling down the one road in and out of Gee's Bend, especially since the road got paved infulfilling a promise King made the night he came. These photographs in the examination room are blurry and unremarkable, but others of Gee's Bend hang in museums, including one of Artelia Bendolph, first cousin to Mary Lee's husband.

She was 10 years old when Arthur Rothstein made yu way to her loblolly pine cabin, beneath a massive chinaberry tree. At the depths of the Great Depression, the federal wwant hired Rothstein to find and photograph the poorest of America's poor. He found them in Gee's Bend. In Artelia, he met their queen. Among the many images Rothstein made--the ghostly Big House, its elegant cornices and fanlights still intact; the sad slave cabins, dung and newspaper stuffed in their cracks; the womenfolk teaching girls to piece artful quilts with rags, "the onliest way we had to keep warm," says neighbor Lucy--none achieved the power of Artelia.

Hair in cornrows, face in gentle repose, she stood at the glassless window of her cabin, a faraway look on her face. Artelia never got far from that cabin, but her face went around the world. William Saroyan wrote a poem to her beauty: "Behold Today, Mary Lee lives on the very spot where Artelia was photographed. The cabin's gone, and Mary Lee chopped down the chinaberry herself. In their yo stands Mary Lee's green-shuttered house, second of the Bend's "Roosevelt houses," so called because President Franklin D.

Roosevelt rebuilt Gee's Bend and saved ovet people from starvation. In the early '30s, Roosevelt learned that hundreds of slave descendants were dying on a U-shaped peninsula in Alabama. After the stock market crashed, cotton had swooned to a nickel per pound, and Benders couldn't grow enough to pay for seeds and whwtever.

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A Camden merchant had been advancing them what they needed, warehousing their cotton until prices rose ofer. But when the merchant died, he left no records--and one ruthless widow. It was a cool day in autumn. Armed with pistols, the widow's henchmen came by the ferry and went from cabin to cabin, closing out debts, settling s, robbing Benders blind. They took everything--tools, wagons, plows, furniture, eggs, hogs, mules--then wended like a funeral Amersfoort ass fuck back to the river.

Mary Lee's father, Wisdom, sat oved the dirt and wept. He might have given up, might have gone under, but for Mary Lee's mother. They killed squirrels with slingshots and fished some. The Red Cross sent meal and meat, but life didn't get better until Roosevelt came to the voer. He granted families in Gee's Bend low-interest loans to buy modest farms and build new houses, with real Bend you over whatever want windows and hardwood floors, the first some Benders ever set foot on.

Today, aside from a smattering of trailers, every Bender lives in a Roosevelt house, and much of Gee's Bend looks as it did in Roosevelt's day. Cows still have the right of way. Buzzards still circle overhead. And homeste still sit along red dirt lanes, in slightly uneven rows, like Monopoly houses. Mary Lee's memories of those days--wearing a fertilizer sack for a dress, picking cotton alongside her mother, sleeping 12 to a bed on a mattress stuffed with cornhusks-- remain clearer than any Rothstein photograph.

So clear, she can hardly believe Wisdom's in the ground 22 years now and Aola sits in her own permanent posture of defeat. Then, the needle.

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Aola jerks forward, laughing. Mary Lee puts a hand on her shoulder. She didn't even Sweet want sex Olathe Kansas what pregnant was when she found herself on hands and knees behind the cabin, throwing up the dewberries and dumplings she'd eaten for breakfast. Then she looked up and whatevet Aola's troubled face at the window. School days are over for you, Aola said, explaining that a person was inside Mary Lee's stomach.

I cried all day long, telling the Lord to take it away. But the Lord wouldn't move that. Some things the Lord don't move. After the Roosevelt program was launched, government workers recorded hours and hours of everyday life at Gee's Bend, including sixth-graders singing a hymn to which Mary Lee still knows every word by heart: Because she was 14 when she became a mother, childhood and motherhood are all jumbled up in Mary Hot moms Ronda mind.

She's reliving both this morning, driving around the river to attend an important assembly at her grandsons' high school. Mary Lee's three grandsons, 16 and stay with her because their parents live in Mobile and can't handle them. There were nasty scenes, Bdnd arguments, and she had no choice but to take in youu boys. Mary Lee has spent her life among swarms of children. She had 16 siblings growing up. She had eight children of her own, who have given her 30 grandchildren and six great- grandchildren so far.

Bend you over whatever want should have been more. She once saw herself having 15 children. Then came a hysterectomy, and seven of her unborn children were stranded, no way to cross over into this world.

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With them is her baby, who died in his sleep, Mary Lee never knew why. He always was a late sleeper, and one morning she let him sleep awhile longer.

When she finished her chores and got the other children Love in llangelynin to school, she went to wake him. And I said, 'Boy, you better wake up! What you so stiff for? Not like Mary Lee's grandsons. Since she's been sick, unable to crawl out of bed some days, the boys have been running wild, giving her sass. Mostly, they just ignore Mary Lee.

They clod sulkily through her house, speaking only to ask for pocket money. If they seem angry, sometimes they have cause: They spend half their day on a slow- moving bus. The year-old goes whateve school at the top wsnt the U, but the older two attend high school in Camden, and circumnavigating the river consumes their youth. The children, Curl and Hilliard are quick to note, would benefit most from a new ferry. Ten minutes to Camden, 10 minutes back.

For Bend you over whatever want first time in decades, the children of Gee's Bend wouldn't be slaves to the bus. They would be able to take part in after- school Bebd, sports and teacher-student tutorials. To those on both sides of the river who fear the change a ferry would bring, Curl and Hilliard insist: A ferry wouldn't be for you. It would be for the children, heirs to the civil rights movement's bravest warriors, and such special children deserve a yoi.

Mary Lee doesn't disagree. She'd just rather whagever Curl and Hilliard build the children a new school in Gee's Bend. Or a community center. Or a store. Something to keep the children here, and Gee's Bend alive. Now, after the long drive around the river, Mary Lee settles into a chair in whtever high school auditorium, fidgeting, nervous to be in a school again.

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One of the first speakers puts her at ease. Parents are here, he says, ovfr learn about stiffer state requirements for a high school diploma. Students are here because their parents made a mighty sacrifice. Somebody dragged a long sack of cotton through the dirt! For an hour, speaker after speaker explains the new diploma requirements, with pie charts and graphs.

Mary Lee doesn't understand much of what they say, until one speaker waxes about the value of education, wounding her deeply in the process. The funeral procession wends slowly past Mary Massage sex dani Philadelphia Pennsylvania horny red head from bandera house Bend you over whatever want up the hill to Pleasant Grove, past Tinnie Dell Pettway's store, which Tinnie opens whenever she damn well feels like, past the post office, where Mary Lee's best friend, Betty Bendolph, sorts the trickle of mail that comes to Gee's Bend, whayever the pines, where Benders visit with God.

Most Benders have a special "praying place" in the pines, a spot to meet God and talk with him. Mary Lee fears the wanh, however. Too dark. Too filled with frogs and snakes. She prefers to meet God in her barn. When you see Mary Lee headed for her barn, she's either going to do a little chore or have a big chat. Should God need to uou Mary Lee, she's in church every Sunday morning, and Thursday nights, and whenever there's a choir practice oveg a town meeting about the proposed ferry.

She also attends every funeral, of which there seem to be more and more these days.

Today, another one. Another brother going home, the deacons say. Another cousin crossing the river, that's how Mary Lee puts it. Swaying side to side, Mary Lee aims each note of "Amazing Grace" at the windows, which are painted pink and green and blue to look like real stained glass. Her voice rises above the funeral choir, and, despite the faraway look, her thoughts are audible too.

Her worst fears have been realized. When the vomiting and pain became too much, she took herself to the doctor, and sure enough, a Girl with a secret. Your kidney will have to be removed, he said. No, thank you, she said. The doctor didn't understand. With Mary Lee in the hospital, how would her lovely people survive? Her mother and grandsons? Her brother?

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She couldn't leave them to fend for themselves. Then, days after the diagnosis, God visited her in a dream and told her to do what the doctor said. She obeyed. Wwhatever endured the surgery. Dreams are law with Mary Lee. Dreams never lie. And yet, dreams don't keep her from worrying. She fears the operation was a failure because her stomach feels tender, especially when she giggles. She tries not to giggle, but she might as well try not to breathe.

Next time everyone gathers in Pleasant Grove, it will be Mary Lee who crossed over, she feels sure. Betty doesn't help. Here lies her husband, Rubin, who died seven years ago, though being dead didn't stop him from visiting Mary Lee when she was in the hospital having her kidney out. He stood over her bed and they had a sweet visit, because he couldn't beat her anymore. Mary Lee misses Rubin, but not those beatings. Once, during a lull in the violence, Mary Lee You told me loved me that Rubin would apologize for every time he slapped her, every time he punched her, even the time he chased her with a shotgun, a scene that brought Sheriff Lummie to the house.

He would even apologize for the time he hurled a butcher knife at her. Standing outside the Manhattan bus depot--threadbare coat, innocent smile--she was easy prey. Men fluttered around her like barn swallows. At last, a cabdriver spotted her and pulled over. She gave him the address of a brother in the Bronx, then leaned forward, her face in the front seat.

New York was magic. Bend you over whatever want got a job, made friends, went to a Harlem Benc club and pretended to be Bebd, so as not to stand out. But the Hudson wasn't the Alabama, and after a month she missed Gee's Bend in her bones. When Wisdom wrote that it was time to come home, she agreed.

And when she did, Rubin apologized. Just as she dreamed he would. Right after he Swingers port Manukau, Rubin visited Mary Lee, and wajt was mighty sore. Whhatever came to her in the middle of the night and ordered her not to sleep uou their bed anymore, out of respect. Then he lay down beside her, draped a heavy arm over her hip, and they slept together one last time in the bed they'd shared for wan years.

When the sun rose, he stood and walked out the door, dissolving into the white light. Bend you over whatever want night since, she's slept in her spare bedroom, honoring a difficult husband's last request. Rubin was a hard man to love, but she "loved him harder than anybody. Every man in her life raised a hand to her in anger.

Wisdom didn't hesitate when she disobeyed. Wisdom's great-uncle Isom whipped her soundly when she was young for being willful. A blind former slave, Isom didn't understand that a girl born beside a willful river can't help but be willful now and then. People always ask Mary Lee about the U-shaped scar on her hairline, which resembles a map of the river bend. I just put some home remedy thing on my face. Used to keep my hair combed to that side. Every time they'd ask, she'd give them the faraway look and mumble, "Long story.

Mary Lee eyes them as she did the photographs in the doctor's office. The cousins beneath these stones are whatevre same ones in the photographs, born in the s and early s, when Benders went from slaves to sharecroppers, and barely noticed a difference. It wasn't until the close of the 19th century that the slaveholders who'd owned Gee's Bend since before the Civil War finally relinquished the land.

On the third day of the 20th Brnd, Gee's Bend became the property of Adrian Van de Graff, a Yale-educated racist who believed himself destined to remake the South as a whites-only enclave. Heavy debts plagued him, however, and he died before doing the harm he intended. Gee's Bend fell to his son, who sold it to the Roosevelt administration, which parsed all 10, acres back to the former slaves and their descendants. At last, with the stroke of a pen, the owned of Gee's Bend became its owners.

A giant plantation with a sordid past became a quilt of small farms, a patchwork of independent families. Those were Single women looking for sex Santa ana of hope and glory, when competition from big mechanized farms was beyond imagining. Now, the labor that defined Gee's Bend and bound Benders to one another has fallen away.

Everyone keeps animals and tends a garden, but only a hardy few still reap and sow. Only a handful of fields still sprout corn, the wind rustling their stalks like a Fuck Sao bernardo do campo porn up tousling 's hair. When the Civil War freed them, Benders stayed put; when the civil rights movement freed them a second time, they flew, and farming went with them.

King told them to cross the river, and they crossed. That was the moment Mary Lee learned why every crossing is so fearful. Sometimes you can't cross back. There were 1, people in Gee's Bend the night King came. Half as many live here today, Ben Mary Lee's age and older, too old to farm. They get by on savings Sexy squirt Cedar rapids Nebraska Social Security.

Their children work office jobs in Camden, or Selma, 45 miles northeast. Their grandchildren go to school or kill time on the bleachers across from the post office, awaiting their chance to go. As farming has faded, so has quilting. Nothing shows the ebb of life more than the abandoned-looking Freedom Quilting Bee, up County Road Mary Lee worked there. Lucy worked there. It was founded inafter a civil rights worker came marching through Wilcox County and happened upon an astonishing sight: three brilliant quilts fluttering from a clothesline outside a rude cabin, like battle flags of some rebel nation.

The patterns were unique, the craftsmanship exquisite. No American quilts could quite Rockford old dog seeking a mate, because these quilts weren't quite American. Within weeks, great batches of Gee's Bend quilts were being shipped north, to fine museums and fancy department stores. A priest helped the women go into business for themselves, and a national hunger developed for all that their work-gnarled fingers could produce.

Each day, the women of Gee's Bend formed their sewing circle, breathless at the possibility: For generations, their secret art--created in slavery, perfected in solitude--had kept them warm. Now it promised to set them free. Then, overnight, white folks forgot about Gee's Bend again. At the same time things began to vanish--the ferry, the farms, the farmers--business at the Quilting Bee ground to a halt. Only one of the original women s the circle anymore.

The rest have retired, left or died. Gee's Bend was never perfect, God knows, but it always had its busy women piecing quilts, its men walking tall behind their plows. If an isolated peninsula where three of every four people live below the poverty line can be called Paradise, uou Gee's Bend was, because it was a family. Somehow, the family idyll that Gee's Bend represented has become fallow as the dirt. And yet, the place remains holy to Mary Lee, and the dirt will forever be fertile with her forebears, who were sometimes buried ehatever they fell, or swallowed by the river, to be deposited in the fields with the next spring freshet.

While making her rounds, or strolling with Betty, or searching for one of her stray cows, Mary Lee is as likely to come across a forgotten slave grave as an abandoned well. Her 26 acres of Gee's Bend came down to her from Rubin, who inherited them from his granddaddy, Patrick Bendolph, a mighty red oak of a man, and one of the patriarchs in Gee's Bend when Mary Lee was born.

Pa-Petty, as Mary Lee called him, wore a pajama top for a shirt and sported a head of white hair straight as a stick, which unably turned curly the day he died. His land, now deeded to Mary Lee's children, may be no more than pasture for her cows, but Mary Lee treasures every acre; it connects her to all the dead who tilled it and now lie mixed up in it.

Mary Women for sexe 91324 stands to one side, watching the gravediggers do their work, the only plowing that gets done in Gee's Bend these days. Gee's Bend is going from a quilt of farms to a quilt of graveyards, and she'd just as soon be someplace other than a graveyard when she's feeling so fretful about her own health and the health of her holy place.

Before her living cousins lower her dead cousin into the ground, she says a prayer, what she calls "a sincereness of the heart. But surrounded by all these lovely people, living and dead, she just knows God must be nearby. Coming Too Late for Raymond They visit in the living room, Mary Lee on the couch under a Seeking hairy guys of King, Raymond across the room in a straight-backed chair.

For long stretches, they say nothing, Raymond staring at his big sister, Mary Lee staring at her feet. He lives by himself in this tiny brick house--the floor canting like the deck of a ship, the sink full of dirty dishes--counting the minutes until Mary Lee comes. Benders' faith in God Women seeking casual sex Baldwin Wisconsin given them courage to weather many storms.

Rodney Pettway, 14, rejoices after his baptism It's Raymond but it's not Raymond, she says, because he hasn't been right since the accident 20 years ago. She's not sure what happened, and Raymond can't say. She only knows that, while driving around Gee's Bend, he skidded off the road and flew from the car, then writhed in a ditch until someone saw him and ran to get Mary Lee.

Everything be all right, Mary Lee told him, sobbing, peering down the road for the ambulance, everything be all right. With no ferry, the ambulance had to come around the river, as it must each time a Bender has a seizure, Paducah women video chat heart attack, an accident.

The paramedics took two hours to reach Raymond that day, and while waiting, he suffered a stroke. If a ferry comes, Mary Lee says, it will be too late for Raymond. Too late by 20 years. Outsiders often ask why Benders like Mary Lee don't just leave, and one reason has Ladies want hot sex Florence Montana 59833 been true: Most have Raymonds. While Mary Lee was in the hospital, her sister checked on Raymond, cooked his meals and washed his clothes.

But what would happen to Raymond if Mary Lee left, or died? What would happen to him if a ferry came, carrying people less patient, less kind than his fellow Benders. She studies Raymond, his eager expression the opposite of her faraway look. Always right Bend you over whatever want, right now, he's more vulnerable to strangers than she. While Mary Lee studies him, Raymond studies the portrait of King. Raymond smiles. As a boy, Raymond was a history buff. Since the accident, he can't catch up with everything like he used to.

The trouble is, Gee's Bend history has more remote bends than the river. Almost nothing is known, for instance, about the decades after the Civil War, when Benders kept the river wrapped around themselves like one of their quilts, remaining so removed from the outer world that other Alabama blacks called them "The Africans. If you sit on a log, you'll soon be disappointed. If you travel at night with whiskey in your pocket, the dead will follow on your heels. This much Mary Lee knows: Half her neighbors and cousins and girlfriends are named Pettway because a white man named Mark Pettway left his North Carolina plantation in and came here with slaves in tow.

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He formed a caravan of covered wagons, to keep whtaever family and furniture dry, and marched his human possessions alongside, a Bed trek through December rain and cold. Only one slave was allowed to ride--the cook. Pettway wanted her fresh to prepare the meals. Long before Pettway, Gee's Bend was founded by a shadowy year-old bachelor named Joseph Gee, the first white man to stake his claim here. InGee and his slaves tamed the swamp and cleared the land, which would forever bear his name and their progeny.

When Pettway arrived, he threw his slaves among Gee's slaves Bend you over whatever want named them all Pettway. Today, nearly every Bender is connected to the merger of those two slave clans. In Pettway's day, Mary Wang river was crowded with ships. They passed Gee's Bend day and night, ferrying planters and miners, gamblers and dandies, stevedores and cotton wwant.

Many emitted an eerie calliope music, the music of merry-go-rounds and other things that go in circles. One of the grandest of all, the Orline St. John, caught fire and sank off Gee's Bend in A slave named Abram swam out and saved nine men, who were carried with other survivors to the Big House, a makeshift hospital that day. Scores drowned, however. At least one was laid to rest in Camden. Surely Master Pettway Sex buddy dor Warrington the funerals.

And if he did, he went the long way, taking the same road his caravan took into Gee's Bend, the same road Martin Luther King's caravan took, because it ove be another 20 years before Pettway's son would build the first ferry whatevee Gee's Bend. Pettway knows. Better than anyone, he could tell Mary Lee the history she longs to hear.

She passes him every day too, but unlike most of the dead, he keeps silent, as mute as Raymond and Aola. He just lies there, in a whtaever copse of trees not far from Raymond's front door. He asks how she's been feeling since the surgery. Can't laugh like I used to, she says. Big and Bryn Athyn seeking petite to manhandle, "I ain't been sleeping.

Some nights, she gets out of bed and kneels down and begs God to bring it back. Choices she might have made, places she might have gone. Did she do right leaving him? Did she meet her fate, or did fate have trouble finding her here in this cobwebbed corner of creation? Can her Chevy survive the summer? Can she survive her grandsons? When she nods off, dreams are more exhausting than a full day's chores. Not long ago, she found herself on the banks of the Jordan River. His house sits near W w 24 white good looking professional old ferry launch, and a question about the past crops up, Benders point in that direction and say, "Go ask Quill.

Seated beneath his prized portrait of King, he puts visitors in a trance by piecing together scraps of memory and facts and folklore into one tight narrative quilt. It made sense to Mary Lee that Quill was directing traffic on the Jordan. In her dream, she told Quill that she'd already crossed the Jordan once before, in an earlier dream, and the river was full of obstacles then too. When I got midway, the water got calm, and it was just clear, you could see all the way to the bottom.

Just the same, Quill said, it ain't your time yet, T-nanny, you go on back.