In two weeks Kevin Reed will attend the University of Dayton. The highly recruited basketball star have offers from Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, but choose to take his skills up I-75 to Dayton where he spent most of his childhood being raised by his grandmother. He parked his car at Ault Park then called Kristen on his cell. She answered on the first ring.
“And where are you Mr. I will be there in fifteen minutes?”
“Sorry I’m just pulling up and you?”
“I’m standing at the top stairs of the pavilion.”
“I take it you had no problem finding it,” Kevin said observing the landscape walking toward the pavilion.
“Thanks to Google no I didn’t. I can see you now come on up.”
Kristen had dated star athletes before and she understood that could mean a lot of trouble. But instinctively she felt Kevin was different. She just didn’t know what it was.
When Kevin climbed to the top of the stairs they embarrassed with a hug and a kiss. This was their second time meeting in public. Kevin didn’t like the stares they were getting when they were together, so he decided to meet his girlfriend at Ault Park where he thought they would be safe from the attention interracial couples get.
They walked hand in hand giggling and discussing how funny it was to them that some people can’t accept their relationship.. As they approached the Rose Garden they notice an old white woman sitting on a bench knitting a small red sweater. They spoke to her as they walked by. The old woman kept her head down knitting.
A few step later Kevin bent over and started crying.
“Baby what’s the matter?’ Kristen asked concerned.
Kevin rub his eyes and said sobbing that the old woman reminded him of his grandmother who recently passed. He said his grandmother loved to knit.
Kristen hugged him tightly and thought deeply. She knew it was something special about him. She always wanted a man who knew how to express his feeling and wasn’t afraid to cry. Kristen hugged Kevin and laid her head on his shoulder as they walked slowly through the Rose Garden.
The old woman finally looked up as they disappeared out her sight and said to herself, “What wrong with these young women today? I wouldn’t be caught dead with a nigger.” Then she put her head back down and continued to knit.