Oma asked me, in a beautiful and simple letter, not to go down to South Central anymore.
I can’t do that, Oma.
It’s funny because for so long you and Opa wondered: “You love people, and service, so much we don’t understand why you don’t go into “volunteer work.” Well I am in the process of becoming a journalist now, and it is my “service” work.
Your letter said that I should be devoted to school, but my inner city work is part of my schooling. Besides, I’ve been close to the teens at the Weingart YMCA.
The ranch style house we live in, much less the neighborhood I grew up in, are palaces, for these teens, and becoming more so for ...more