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“I have five orphans living above me”
Joanie came hurrying to the front door and as she got there, Dancer exited the bathroom. Joanie, seeing Miss Amon standing there, quickly put her arm around Joey’s shoulder saying, “Teddy’s not here Miss Amon. Can I help you with something?”
“Yes, I saw him on his way out. He ran right into me causing me to smash my head into the wall. He almost knocked me down. I was fortunate I didn’t have to be hospitalized. Thank God, Mr. Zimmerman came along. He saw the whole thing. In fact, it was he who helped me back to my apartment. Anyway enough about me, Joey told me that your lights and phone are…as he put it…broken. Is that correct?”
Dancer stepped in front of his sister. “None of your business. You just wait until my brother gets back if you want to talk to us. Right, Joanie?”
Miss Amon became angry. “That is no way to speak to a lady, young man. Where are your manners?”
“Yeah well, who said you’re a lady anyway?”
Joanie was aghast. She was still trying to process the incident with Teddy and Miss Amon and now Dancer told the woman that she was not a lady and to mind her own business. “Oh my God, Dancer. What’s wrong with you? I’m so sorry, Miss Amon. Dancer, you apologize to Miss Amon right now.”
“You apologize, Joanie. I don’t care. She doesn’t like us. She’s trying to make trouble for us. I’m not apologizing to nobody. C’mon Joey, let’s go see what Beeker is doing.”
Joanie was stunned and embarrassed by Dancer’s behavior. No matter how right he was about the woman’s motives, at 14, his behavior made him look like an ill-tempered juvenile delinquent. Joanie was frightened. Miss Amon never came to their door. Now in less than a week, she was there a second time. Teddy had slammed the door in her face ending her first visit. Now Dancer had insulted her. She was wishing that Teddy or Scratch would come walking up the stairs but that was not happening. Like it or not, she was in charge.
Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad’s funeral.
They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of “grown-up world.” A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.