An Uncomplicated Louisianan
Laquitra was safeguarding her daughter's growing collection of flowers on a park bench when we started talking. As her kids ran and played on the local park jungle gym, she talked about her life growing up in Louisiana and the life she's been glad to have.
Her mom gave her the name after the cousin who it was originally planned for, was born male. She chuckles remembering her name's origin and the cousin she took it from. They're still close. She talked about her childhood with a rosy nostalgia.
She put a lot of value in the lessons of respect and responsibility she learned as a kid.
Perhaps a reflection of this culture of respect, much of her family are military or ex-military.
Laquitra went through grade school and high school with honors before graduating from Southern University with a bachelor's degree in childhood development and a place on the Dean's List. She capped it off with a master's degree in business administration from Grand Canyon University online. She wanted for a time to open her own daycare but hasn't been able to find the right combination of financial grants and resources to get it up and running yet. For now, she works in the budget department of the State of Louisiana. She seemed almost uniformly happy with her life the way it was now, going so far as to describe her community as near perfect when I asked what she found disagreeable in the world around her,