It's a Hard Knock Life
The Windy City
Land of Lincoln
Cheetos Flamin’ Hots with nacho cheese
Playing outside with friends
Gangs protecting their turf
Children growing up
Project kids living the project life
Children killing children
Drill music (Chief Keef, Lil’ Mouse)
Neighborhood kids forming gangs no one even heard of before
Project kids taking over the suburban life
$1.25 candy (plus tax)
My city is no longer the city I remember.
Now, you have to watch for flying bullets meant for someone else.
Now children have to be mindful of what neighborhood they are walking into.
Now parents have to bury their children more-often than the other way around.
Now instead of Navy Pier, Lake Shore Drive, The Magnificent Mile, Deep Dish Pizza, Italian Beefs, and Mild Sauce the city is known for gun violence.
Now, the city remembers Antonio Smith, Lil JoJo, Kenos Glass, Hadiya Pendleton, and Jonylah Watkins
C. Garner, my willing conduit into the [real] world of Chicago.
She writes thoughts at random on Wishful Thinking.