Interview with Tiger Parker
1. Interviewer: How do you about feel having mentally challenged parents, Tiger?
Tiger: I feel weird, in a way, having mentally challenged parents, but I love and respect them. It’s difficult at times because I have to do almost everything for them, but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t change them for anyone else in the world.
2. Interviewer: How do the people in Saitter react towards your parents?
Tiger: The people in Saitter don’t respect my parents because of their condition. They think my parents are just slow and stupid, and they usually just point and laugh..
3. Interviewer: Do you feel angry when people make fun of your parents?
Tiger: Yes, people that make fun of my parents anger me a lot. Most of the time, I just try to ignore the people because I know they are ignorant.
4. Interviewer: Tiger, how do the people in Saitter treat you?
Tiger: The people in Saitter treat me very differently from others. Some people even choose to laugh at me, like Abby Lynn.
5. Interviewer: What feelings did you have when your grandma died? Why didn’t you cry at your grandma’s funeral?
Tiger: When my grandma died, I was very depressed because I loved her dearly and she was gone forever. I was even more depressed because my mother was depressed too. The reason I didn’t cry at her funeral was because I wanted to be strong for my parents.
6. Interviewer: How did you feel when Aunt Dorie Kay asked you if you wanted to live in Baton Rouge with her?
Tiger: When Aunt Dorie Kay asked me if I wanted to go to Baton Rouge, I felt shocked and surprised at first because I would have never expected her to ask me to go with her.
7. Interviewer: What do you think of moving to Baton Rouge?
Tiger: I think moving to Baton Rouge would be a great experience. I would be able to start a new life, and leave the embarrassment back in my old town of Saitter.
8. Interviewer: What would you worry about back in Saitter if you moved...