I have longed to tell you for some time now the story I came to know about Irma. Irma was attacked by a Black boy at school for not knowing the current mores of her environment and insisting he take her as wife.
Apparently, she wanted the same situation as her Mom had which was the only family life she came to know as viable. She adored her Mom. Her Mom was the only other person in her world. Her Father and brother were there in the other room to complete her family while she had the cherished position of rooming with her Mom all to herself.
She was "A Child Of Convenience". Everything Mom did to save was cut back and out of Irma's poor little life. When she finally had to eat more than the meagre raw food her Mom made the family eat, Mom got her a job in a kitchen where she was unsuitable but kept for awhile to let her establish references.
Now, Irma always chatted easily and stroked everyone with her words but her hands stopped working when her mouth worked.
Eventually, she worked as a file clerk in an office environment where she went to a male professional she wanted and confided her tragic story about the attack by the Black boy at Hemmingwood High School which she had instigated herself.
Now this school in Commerce City's historic district left her no one to pick up the pieces as they say. They plainly denied it had ever happened and ignored her plight as she was withdrawn from school and fell a year behind her usual classmates. The upcoming students seemed to avoid her as a failure and bad influence detracting from their school.
As it were, she was left with her predicament exclusively with only her Mom who really gave her no words worth valuing for it or guidance after directing her to do as Mom's own generation's mores demanded. Her Mom, under the supposition that she gave Irma her own choice with her body after proper guidance, treated her very coldly.
Now, Irma's Mom in exasperation with Irma carrying on about her attack and doing nothing about it except to remedy her situation. That is, her Mom's ambition of handing her over to a husband chaste or getting the "job" completed by a physician and going on with her own life which she elected to do after a disturbing thirteen years.
Her Mom took to calling her a street walker from time to time as if stigmatizing her would give her any guidance to do respectable work of any and every kind. This admonition finally took root especially after her one-time classmate, decided to have some extra-curricular activity with Irma after ruining his own wife.
To stop Irma from seeking him out for the exhiliarating feeling she got from being played with, her Mom convinced Irma what he was doing wasn't good for her if she bled. The mother invited him to live with them. Then had Irma frustrate him after she got herself played with; then, had Irma rid him out of their home without "his turn".
When the mother actually got tired of her father's climacteric, she allowed him to use her the way he wanted to satify himself not knowing the consequences to herself. The consequence was her own major surgery leaving Mom requiring medical appliances.
The only concern her Mom seemed to express was that Irma wasn't working even after she turned thirty years of age. This she told Irma had left the family out of budget letting her mature self share and live off Dad's economy for the family. Otherwise, she would have enough cash to buy her medical appliances even as an unregistered user, which she was due to her false pride at twenty-five dollars a piece. She also gave Irma the job of cleaning up after her medical appliances and ensuing dirt giving the reason as Mom had to handle the food preparation for the family.
As you can see everything was Irma's "fault" to wipe Mom's face clean after she smarted her way out of the government grant and applicance allowance. However, Irma soon found her way out of the dirtiest work her Mom gave her so unfairly by making her feel bad when the father and a social worker laid down the law to her Mom.
At this juncture, Irma said nothing and thought very carefully what she was missing that she really wanted herself in life. One evening she went out and brought home fifty dollars. On accounting for such money, she told her Mom what she had done. The jist of it is her Mom stuck up for Irma's choice of activities because she herself wanted to float along without working.
What had been lacking in her life Irma said were dates and good times, eating cooked food, and having nice men play with her, as her one-time class-mate had done before using her as he was wont, then taking a red bill for tips to complete her trick.
However, in time, after laying out her deal, when Irma didn't get played with but was roughed up instead for not knowing the real score, she charged five to six hundred dollars for her services and got it. That is basically the story of Irma LaDollare.
You might see Irma some Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening amongst other ladies of the night discussing their "deal" to drivers stopping to choose his lady. Irma always kept all her money and never cut in a pimp neither as her rate was basically too low.
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Irma always was good with money for herself. The story teller said she once switched the saved bad food order for the new food order and didn't pay the delivery man who cried his plight and ran away. After that the take-out/delivery service wouldn't co-operate with their address or telephone number anymore. However, Irma got them back for herself and her taste for their strong sauce which often used to fill the air of the adjacent suites.