Christine McDonald was trafficked in prostitution for 17 years. Then she went blind while she was pregnant. She has written a bold, brave book about her heartbreaking experiences, which include giving birth in shackles. She was suffering from an undiagnosed disability which played a role in vulnerability to being trafficked. She has written an amazing page turner of a book: Cry Purple.
While I was walking along, keeping a lookout for a spigot, I saw some beautiful flowers in a yard behind a fence. Knowing that the owners must have had a water hose around somewhere—and drawn by the flowers—I climbed over the fence. I walked over and began picking some of the flowers of each color: a red one, a blue one, a yellow one, and a few purple ones. The purple seemed so calm, so peaceful and rich.
As I was picking them, a man came out from the house with a phone in his hands. He yelled with an accent.
“Get away!” he said. “I’m calling the police! Get away from my house!”
“I’m sorry,” I said, and headed for the gate, with the man still yelling at me about my trespassing in his yard and picking his flowers. I still had them in my hand, and I dropped them by the fence as I exited the yard. I turned as he yelled once again that he was calling the police.
“I’m homeless,” I said.
Then it hit me that I was barefoot, that I was standing in the cool of the grass, and that his flowers were beautiful.
“I don’t see much beautiful stuff,” I said, and then I started walking again. — Excerpt from the book Cry Purple.
Read more about Christine at her great webpage www.crypurple.com
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