Excerpt

 

I was surveying things as I walked around my apartment making sure that it looked the way I like it-glass and mirrors sparkling, wood polished, carpets vacuumed and the kitchen and bathrooms spotless.  I was happy as I started the prep work for my evening's menu.  Appetizers, salad, pasta with mussels, barbeque chicken, dessert and lots of wine were all on hand.  I finished up, took a bath and got dressed.  I went out onto my balcony to relax a bit and take in the beautiful summer's day. It was late July in 2006. I started to think about the special evening that was ahead of me.  It had been many a year, much too long, since we all had been together in one place.  In 2001 I had written my girlfriends informing them of my intention to write a book about our teenage years, our coming of age in the culture that was ours.  A time in the history of our city when neighborhood bars, nightclubs and after hour joints were a plenty.  When men and women who were in "the life" rode around town in Cadillacs, and there we were five girls in high school all up in the mix, and thinking we were the cat's meow.

Five years had passed since writing the letter, everyone had been excited about the possibility of a book about us. Ingrid had suggested that I get everyone together and just do what we do-eat, drink, laugh, love on one another and reminisce, as it would be helpful in jogging my memory.  I hadn't done much writing since sending off the letter.  Life and procrastination had gotten the best of my intentions, and just getting everyone together had fallen by the wayside.  But tonight, it was finally going down.  My tape recorder was ready for me to press record and I had pen and paper too. Joining us this evening would be our daughters.  They all know each other, but don't socialize together as their mothers do. But they have a love for one another just the same.  They know of the bond their mothers share and the longevity of our friendships, and they wonder about it. They will get an earful and a knowing at our gathering tonight.

 

19 comments

  • Carla Latson

    Carla Latson

    Hey Bonnie, This is the type of book that u just cannot put down! I cannot wait until you are done... I believe it will be up there with the Best Sellers. Keep Reaching For The Stars Baby.. I am Proud of you for pushing to making this Happen! Good Luck! Love You Always... Carla

    Hey Bonnie,
    This is the type of book that u just cannot put down!
    I cannot wait until you are done... I believe it will be up there with the Best Sellers. Keep Reaching For The Stars Baby.. I am Proud of you for pushing to making this Happen! Good Luck! Love You Always... Carla

  • Gloria Johnson Durrane

    Gloria Johnson Durrane

    Oh Yes! can't wait for the book to be published. That was quite a teaser you let us read.

    Oh Yes! can't wait for the book to be published. That was quite a teaser you let us read.

  • Elynor L. Walcott

    Elynor L. Walcott

    Hey Bonnie, Wow!!!! And, Wow!!!, again!! Your book will be a "best seller"!! Congratulations Bonnie!!! Well, Bonita, (smile) in this excert alone, you are not only telling your story. You are telling the story of countless numbers of girls who grew up during our years of growing up. We must have a book party at Wally's. I just love what you have written in your excert and I am looking forward to purchasing and reading your book. I love the title. Boy, in my teens, I was called "square" so much, I began to think that it was my first name. Ha..ha..ha...!!!! Bye, for now Bonnie and the best to you. With love, Elynor

    Hey Bonnie, Wow!!!! And, Wow!!!, again!! Your book will be a "best seller"!! Congratulations Bonnie!!! Well, Bonita, (smile) in this excert alone, you are not only telling your story. You are telling the story of countless numbers of girls who grew up during our years of growing up. We must have a book party at Wally's. I just love what you have written in your excert and I am looking forward to purchasing and reading your book. I love the title. Boy, in my teens, I was called "square" so much, I began to think that it was my first name. Ha..ha..ha...!!!! Bye, for now Bonnie and the best to you. With love, Elynor

  • Josie Zizzo

    Josie Zizzo

    Hey Bonnie, I am the Italian girl that spent 4 years at Girls' High with Elynor....I can't wait to read this book, as you speak for us all.......Bravo..........

    Hey Bonnie, I am the Italian girl that spent 4 years at Girls' High with Elynor....I can't wait to read this book, as you speak for us all.......Bravo..........

  • Leah Christie

    Leah Christie

    Bonnie, I really don't know what or how to say to you that this is definitely going to be a best seller. I will be the first in line to buy this book. I did not want this introduction to the book to end - I wanted to settle down and just start reading the whole book - right now. I CANNOT WAIT!!! BRAVO!!!

    Bonnie, I really don't know what or how to say to you that this is definitely going to be a best seller. I will be the first in line to buy this book. I did not want this introduction to the book to end - I wanted to settle down and just start reading the whole book - right now. I CANNOT WAIT!!! BRAVO!!!

  • Patricia A Van Story Davis

    Patricia A Van Story Davis

    You Go Girl...I am sooo ready to read your book. What a fantastic life and times we lived in those years, as a community, as African Americans and as friends growing up & being schooled in the 'Bury. We all need to sit down and write our stories. Love & Blessings to you.

    You Go Girl...I am sooo ready to read your book. What a fantastic life and times we lived in those years, as a community, as African Americans and as friends growing up & being schooled in the 'Bury. We all need to sit down and write our stories. Love & Blessings to you.

  • Waneeta Jones

    Waneeta Jones

    WOW!! Bonnie I have a big smile on my face as I write this. You captured my attention immediately.I will definitely be behind Leah to buy this. ;>)...... KUDOS!!!!

    WOW!! Bonnie I have a big smile on my face as I write this. You captured my attention immediately.I will definitely be behind Leah to buy this. ;>wink......
    KUDOS!!!!

  • Paulette Tillery

    Paulette Tillery

    Wow, double wow. I was ready to keep on reading. Stop teasing us. Love it. When it hits the stands we should have a good old 'Jerry Girl' signing bash.

    Wow, double wow. I was ready to keep on reading. Stop teasing us. Love it. When it hits the stands we should have a good old 'Jerry Girl' signing bash.

  • Vera Moten

    Vera Moten

    I wanted more and more. It was intriguing. I got deep into the story, I forgot that I didn't have the entire book. I can't wait for it to hit the book shelves. Great work Bonnie.

    I wanted more and more. It was intriguing. I got deep into the story, I forgot that I didn't have the entire book. I can't wait for it to hit the book shelves.
    Great work Bonnie.

  • Dee Roberts

    Dee Roberts

    Hi Bonnie, As I read the excerpt from your story, I started to think about my story and my close (sister) friends. Can't wait to buy your book. I agree that it will be a best seller. Wishing you all the best. Regards, Dee

    Hi Bonnie, As I read the excerpt from your story, I started to think about my story and my close (sister) friends. Can't wait to buy your book. I agree that it will be a best seller. Wishing you all the best. Regards, Dee

  • Lloyd Sheldon Johnson

    Lloyd Sheldon Johnson

    Bonnie, you are bringing to light a forgotten time. So many of us have abandoned the fact that while we were struggling for equal and civil rights, the "life" was operating right along side that struggle. The "life" still exists today, though it has transformed itself to match the times - computers, cell phones, and technology dictate how the "game" is played. Good luck with this project, dear friend, these stories need to be told!

    Bonnie, you are bringing to light a forgotten time. So many of us have abandoned the fact that while we were struggling for equal and civil rights, the "life" was operating right along side that struggle. The "life" still exists today, though it has transformed itself to match the times - computers, cell phones, and technology dictate how the "game" is played. Good luck with this project, dear friend, these stories need to be told!

  • Ken

    Ken

    Nice tease!! I want to read more.

    Nice tease!! I want to read more.

  • Tiana Lovelace

    Tiana Lovelace

    Aunt Bonnie...I immediately sunk into my seat as if the book were in my hands!! I can't wait; and am so very excited for OUR story to be told!! My mother would be proud!! The ironic thing is that your "girls"..( the daughters of the "squares")...have the next book to write! Congrats and Kudos.....the stories that need to be told, now have a VOICE! Love ya!! :) - T

    Aunt Bonnie...I immediately sunk into my seat as if the book were in my hands!! I can't wait; and am so very excited for OUR story to be told!! My mother would be proud!! The ironic thing is that your "girls"..( the daughters of the "squares")...have the next book to write! Congrats and Kudos.....the stories that need to be told, now have a VOICE!
    Love ya!! smile
    - T

  • John Ricker

    John Ricker

    Bring back all the memories of Roxbury, the south end and Dorchester. Can't wait to read the intire book.

    Bring back all the memories of Roxbury, the south end and Dorchester. Can't wait to read the intire book.

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    Ossie

    I'm starting the London Branch of the Bonnie Mac Fan Club. I feel very humble having met your family and friends. I'm waiting for my signed copy!!

    I'm starting the London Branch of the Bonnie Mac Fan Club. I feel very humble having met your family and friends. I'm waiting for my signed copy!!

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  • Audrey Day Dickerson

    Audrey Day Dickerson

    Bonnie, Thank You.. Your bringing back memories "That Were Tucked Away In My Special Place". Your forthcoming Book Excerpts had me smiling and crying about Your/ and my own "Bygone Years". Ca'nt wait to read "5 SQUARE'S". :-) Audrey d.

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