STEVE INSKEEP: And it's time again for StoryCorps, which we hear every Friday. It's a project that's traveling the country, and you're the star. You go into a booth and you ask questions of a loved one, or that loved one asks questions of you. And, of course, the questions can be tough when they come from someone who knows you so well.
Today teenager LeKeisha Williams has some tough questions for her best friend. LeKeisha spoke with Tia Williams in New York City.
Ms. LEKEISHA WILLIAMS: Who is important in your life right now?
Ms. TIA WILLIAMS: My mother, because my mother was the one that raised me, and we went through so many things together. When I was little, we didn't have that much money, and whatever money we had, then my father would take the money and go buy drugs or something like that. And my mother would have to hop the turnstile to go to work and she would have no money to get back.
Ms. L. WILLIAMS: Did you get angry at your dad for being addicted to drugs?
Ms. T. WILLIAMS: I never knew him. He left when I was, like, one.
Ms. L. WILLIAMS: Did you hear anything good about him?
Ms. T. WILLIAMS: No. The only good thing I heard about him was he came to I think it was my second birthday party. And after that, I've never seen him again.
Ms. L. WILLIAMS: What is your father's name?
Ms. T. WILLIAMS: I don't know.
Ms. L. WILLIAMS: Wow. Do you ever think you would ask your mom?
Ms. T. WILLIAMS: I don't know if I should. I don't like to bring back memories in her past, because she's doing so much better now.
Ms. L. WILLIAMS: So all you know is that his last name is Williams.
Ms. T. WILLIAMS: Yeah. And I'm the only Williams in the family. Sometimes, I'm curious if he does wonder what I'm doing, where I am. Sometimes, I wonder if he's alive or even dead. Some people, when they get old and they never knew their birth fathers, they look for them. I don't know if I'll be able to get up the strength to really get out there and really find him, because if I really do find him, I don't know what I would do. Say hi, I'm your daughter. And then what?
INSKEEP: That's the conversation of Tia Williams and LeKeisha Williams at StoryCorps in our booth at New York City. This interview, like all the others, is archived at the Library of Congress. And you can learn how to tell your story at npr.org.
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