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In Medias Res Ashley’s Father’s Name is Carl Muhammad Sylvia Taylor I met Carl Muhammad when we were both students at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. I knew him as a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He struck me as an ordinary guy. Years later, I would run into him at the Boulevard Arts Center in Chicago. He would bring his young daughter Ashley to her dance classes. Sometimes he would read the paper while he waited. Other times, he would leave and return just before her class was dismissed. He commuted by bus. Sometimes we would talk while I waited for my three boys classes to end. I would sometimes see his father-in-law also waiting for his daughter. When I found out that Carl was raising his daughter alone. I thought the Edgar Albert Guest poem, “It Couldn't Be Done”: It Couldn’t Be Done Edgar Albert Guest. Somebody said that it couldn’t be done. But he with a chuckled replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so until he tried. Since those days, I have thought of Carl as more man then most. So I decided to approach Carl and ask him about his experience as a single father. His daughter Ashley is a graduate from Northern Illinois University. In Medias Res: Could you please describe your daughter, Ashley Muhammad? Carl Muhammad: She’s an individual of her time. She responds to things the way youths do today. Definitely a person along with her peers as far as the sensibilities of children today, meaning not as sensitive to things. There is a generation gap, considering I am 61 and she’s 25. She is a nice girl and independent. She has accomplished a lot. She is doing it her way. The choices that she has made seems satisfying to her. Our communication is not what I like it to be. IMS: How could the communication between you and your daughter be improved? CM: It goes back to sensibilities and modern technology. She’s working on the Carnival Cruise line engaging kids in youth activities. It was a blessing to get a job. 26

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In Medias Res: Vol. 2, Summer 2013  

The Odyssey Project's original publication featuring brand new fiction, poetry, reviews, profiles, interviews and more from Odyssey Project...

In Medias Res: Vol. 2, Summer 2013  

The Odyssey Project's original publication featuring brand new fiction, poetry, reviews, profiles, interviews and more from Odyssey Project...

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