“I don’t take long saying good-bye ’cause it hurt. Like Daddy say: Run Fen, and don’t look back. So I don’t. Even when Baby Girl starts to fuss and be crying, I keep walking. Father John takes the chains off the doors, now that the sun be fixing to rise. Baby Girl wailing for all she worth. She ain’t used to Father John. She ain’t used nobody but me. Then I hear him start humming to her, a real old song he used to play when we been here long ago. He a good man. She gonna be all right with him. I shut the door behind me.” (Smith 303)
This shows the extreme bond that Fen has with her daughter. She wants to keep her but she can’t because she has no tribe and no home. Her daughter is infected. This shows that heart-breaking decision that Fen has to go through as a mother to leave her daughter behind. A bond between a mother and child is very strong but she has no choice but to leave her baby behind. To her, leaving her child behind hurts a lot. There is a lot of crying by the child and all she wants to do is take care of her, but she has to choose to keep walking. In fact, Fen recalls on her own relationship with her father to help her through. She recalls her father saying to keep walking and not look back, and she uses this to help her heal the pain.
We can also see that Father John is the best person to take care of this child. It provides a little comfort for Fen. She hears him humming to her to calm her down. Even Fen starts to realize that leaving Baby Girl with Father John is the best thing to do and that “She gonna be all right with him” (Smith 303).
Finally, there is a significance about the fact that the sun rising and the fact that this scene occurs in the church. Both of these facts help show that there is a chance of rebirth for the child. The church is a very sacred place and by leaving her there, Fen gives her a pure start to her life. In addition, as she is leaving the sun is rising. This shows that dawn is now here and that the baby is going to have her best chance of life in this church.
This scene is very important at illustrating Fen’s struggle to leave her baby behind, but also helps show the start of a new life that the child now has.