Once upon a time, I was a little girl. I lived in the country.
Then, Nenitou came. Nenitou is my mother-sister. She took me with her. She made me leave the country. I was going to go to school. I was going to have beautiful dresses. Clean ones. I was going to watch “tivé.” I was going to ride in the “cayer.”
Nenitou likes animals. She loves chameleons. She calls me Itamba, short for Itambarira. Itambarira is a chameleon. I am a chameleon. A dumb chameleon: always told to do things that I don’t know how to do. A chameleon with nasty wide eyes: I always have to lower my eyes and look at people’s feet. A changing chameleon. With nasty, flaking skin.