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was getting filled up with children and Charlie put in a larger play ground
where they could be safe while playing. He also gave “The Man” a small
apartment off the kitchen with orders to watch over the children as best he
could for the children were always trying to hide from him.
At times he
would go with them when their mothers took them shopping. More than once he had
to deal with some pervert while the mothers were too occupied while trying on
clothes. He loved his duty for while he tried not to show it he loved his
Baba saw the difficulty their names might give them so they selected some new
first names. They were considering Melba and Wilma but I suggested letting me
make up a list of name with some class. They agreed to look at it so Linda and
I got to work on it.
grandparents chimed in with some elite English names for they were English;
Elizabeth, Maude, Victoria, Anne, and Margaret. They told them
these were Queens and princesses names.As it turned out the grandparents won over Susannah,
Edith, Amelia, and Evangeline.
Ashe chose Elizabeth and Baba became
Anne. I told them they made good choices and though they were in America they needed to remember they had roots
in merry ole England.
to know what about their African heritage. This was a hard question but I said
yes for sure but only remember the good parts not the bad. Afterward I thought
that could apply both to England
dust settled Linda and I decided to let Mason and Elsa tend to their business
and we would get back to ours.
something new going on and that was I felt the need to spend more time with my
three children. I was in charge of running all of the businesses Charlie had
He would go
out and buy a new company and turn it over to me expecting me to make it
profitable. I didn’t mind doing this but I didn’t have enough hours in the day
to handle any more new companies.
many more plans but I told him we both needed more time at home and after a
moment he agreed but still wanted to expand.
I said we
need to come with a solution to the whole scenario. Then something occurred
that put a different light on the whole situation. Charlie wanted to move Ellen
and Mary up the ladder but realized they weren’t ready for such a move just
yet. They could handle a small company with my help but that wasn’t the
solution he was looking for.
One day two
men in their late thirties came to the office and introduced themselves.One of them said, “I’m Morgan and this is
said, “Wynn… any relation to the Wynn family that I know.”
‘Yes we are related to your wife Barbra.We have the same grandfather.Barbra’s father and our father are half-brothers making us cousins. We
come from the side of the family grandfather didn’t acknowledge yet
nevertheless we are kin.”
said, “I don’t doubt your word at this point but what is on your mind?”
“We just arrived in America
and thought we would introduce ourselves and ask for your help in getting a
green card.We have sold our businesses
and want to buy one or more businesses in this country.”
said, “Why don’t we have lunch and talk about what you have in mind.”
Charlie found out a great deal about their side of the family and their story
his detectives on their trail and as near as everyone could find out they were
what they said they were.
it was time for Morgan and Eldon to meet the family so he invited them over for
dinner on Saturday. All the family was almost commanded to be there.
elder Wynn’s found out who was coming they didn’t want to be there but Charlie
insisted they come. Everybody was assembled in the big room before dinner
awaiting the arrival of the guests.
stood and said, “I know that the theme running through the Wynn family
structure is, ‘Bastards don’t count.’
I say let’s let that mindset remain
in England and start accepting people based on who they are, and not on someone
count when they are family so if you can’t accept them based upon their blood
line do so upon their character.”
time the two guests arrived and all the introductions were made. After some
light refreshment they adjourned to dinner. At first it was quiet at the table
with Charlie carrying the conversation forth but little by little more joined
until the usual back and forth took place.
it was back to the big room and the family began to see a lot of their
grandfather’s traits in the two guests. They found so much in common and were
comparing ages and telling stories. Both sides heard stories about their
grandfather they didn’t know about.
evening was over the family was pretty well blended together, bastards, and
senior Wynn’s were cordial to their nephews and asking about their mother.
arrangements to meet with the two men, next week to discuss business.
that meant I would have my hands full laying out business plans at several
levels. Charlie had several businesses in mind as a starting place for Morgan
and Eldon and he also had something else in mind which was, he wanted Ellen and
Mary to work with them at a high level.
met Ellen and having a long conversation with her he decided she knew how a
business should run and said he was satisfied with her expertise and desired
her on his team.The same happened with
Eldon and Mary. They hit it right off and were excited to work with their new
climaxed something Charlie wanted for the two girls since they first began to
work for him as scullery maids.
For me it
was a “no credit” for working in the background and I was glad it went off so
I know there
are several more illegitimate family members out there and wondered if they
would be showing up as time went by. If they did I was willing to let Morgan
and Eldon handle their getting settled.
It was about
18 months later that Morgan announced that he and Ellen were to be wed. I asked
him how this came about and he said it was a thing that grew on them. Being
together all the time showed them how compatible they were and love was the
eighteen months the family had accepted Morgan and Eldon as part of the family
for it was obvious they were fine men. Charlie was proud of the way things had
worked out for both Morgan and his adopted niece.
later Eldon announced that he and Mary were going to do the same thing and also
marry. This really excited Charlie for he was wondering how their situation
would work out.
that Morgan and Eldon the half-brothers had turned out better than the full
brothers but never made an issue of it.
African girls, Elizabeth and Anne couldn’t wait to get home on vacation to see
Elsa’s new baby. They wanted to be the child’s aunties and Elsa said she
thought that would be just fine.
She finally had to make them to put the baby
down for a while. She said you are spoiling the child and it will want to be
held all the time.
surprised at how Mason had taken to his two black daughters. He didn’t see the
color difference at all. He would talk to them for hours and take them out just
for some fun. They were beginning to accept him but much slower than he has
disappointed when it was time for them to go back to school. He took them to
the station and gave each of them a big hug and a kiss as he said goodbye.
As they left
he had a big smile on his face while thinking his trips to Africa
weren’t a loss after all, even with his sicknesses.