Elizabeth Watkin - Day Seven

 photo by Elizabeth Watkin

photo by Elizabeth Watkin

This week is my daughter Cece’s last one attending Cavalry Baptist Daycare due to its closure after thirty years. I have posted a lot online recently about this sad event and how it affects both families and the wonderful people who care for the children. I can’t help feeling the break up of this little community on Haywood road is something of an omen. When we moved to the area six and a half years ago, Haywood road still had a little grit to it, but also a community that was quite diverse. Cece’s daycare had children from many different backgrounds, which was one of the things we liked about it.  We live in the Burton Street area, which was near destroyed by urban regeneration in the 70s since almost all of the people that lived here were African American. I can’t imagine how those residents felt as they watched their homes, gardens and green spaces get ripped up for a highway and family and friends moved away.  However as we say goodbye to teachers and families, I have experienced the poignancy of watching a valuable piece of the neighborhood, fragment and disappear.