"When I was eight years old, my mama, Ruby Ann Templeton, had abandoned me at the Bonaventure Dairy Queen. She told me to run inside and buy two cones. When I came out, her car was gone, I never saw her again."
Despite this poignant beginning, Teeny Templeton has come to terms with her childhood, thanks to her mom's sister, Bluette, who took on the task of raising her. More importantly, Teeny knew that Aunt Bluette loved her and instilled in her values that helped get her through many messy life situations --- situations that, admittedly, Teeny often brought upon herself.