Jason Johnson (Southern Illinois University)
Domestic Picture Story
When Beasley gets home from work, she embraces one of her twin daughters. The father of the twins, Autumn and Trinity, does not pay child support. The father of Breeah, her oldest daughter, pays $40 a week.
Trinity climbs on her mother during a wrestling match while twin sister Autumn stares out the back bedroom window.
Beasley combs Trinity’s hair before bed. Beasley has a dream to attend cosmetology school and eventually open her own shop.
Going to Bed
Bed time at the Beasley home. Beasley and her daughters make their way to the rear of the trailer where they share a full-size bed with Beasley’s14-year-old sister.
Beasley takes a carry-out order during rush hour at Nonny’s, a diner in Cairo, Ill. Beasley works at Nonny’s three days a week to support her daughters.
Regulars at Nonny’s often strike up light, up-beat conversations with Beasley. She knows the life stories of most diner patrons.
Breeah cries because she has to sleep alone in her uncle’s bed as punishment for bad behavior. Deborah Beasley stands watch as her sister carries one of the twins to bed.
Kiss Good Night
A kiss good night for Autumn. Beasley says, “Life in Cairo is hard for just about anybody. It doesn’t matter who it is or how many kids you have; it’s just difficult because there’s nothing here.”