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September 1, 1991
Pat Phillips took a job working part time in the church run daycare. It paid next to nothing, but it did add to the money she received from the county for Harmony’s care and it meant she was allowed to enroll Harmony at the school for free. Pat was determined to give Harmony a good life even though they were dirt poor and far from being a traditional family. The church daycare gave her access to playmates from outside of their little neighborhood.
Pat hoped Harmony would make friends with the children from the families that were better off financially than they were. She hoped those friendships would expose Harmony to a life she could aspire to and work toward. Pat had good intentions but she was foolish. Even in the preschool classrooms at Our Lady of Grace the lines were drawn between the haves and the have nots of Miami’s society.