Lila and Eve


God, grant me the serenity to accept

the things that I cannot change...

Nah, man. Back off.

I'm about to be there.

Yo, she's not feeling you

like that, dude.

The courage to change

the things that I can...

Nah, it's Stephon.

You know what I'm saying?

Just tell her I said I'm coming,

and everything's gonna be all good.

And the wisdom to know the difference.

I'm gonna return Ben's dish.

And he said he'll take me to school.

He said he'd take me the rest

of the week so you could rest, okay?



You should take this. Wear it.

No. No, no, Justin.

You don't have to do that.

- I promise it will help.

- Justin, no. You go to school. It's okay.

It's okay.

Please, help me.

...and before you eat another piece

of cake, open your brother's gift.

- Nice wrapping, Justin.

- Cool, right?

Well, you did use a lot of tape, dude.

A new watch?

What do I need with a new...

It's real nice.

It's real shiny. Mom helped pick it out.

It's kind of from the both of us.

Okay, I get it.

I was late again, so a new watch.

That's not it. Open my gift.

- Okay. Good looking out, ma.

- No. Look again.

Look again.

Oh, man!

The city got new ones, so I got

a really good one second-hand.

Come on, now.

Oh, man. This is great.

It has a little camera, too.

So when you go off to college,

Mom will get us another computer

so we can see you and talk to you.

I thought you might like it.

And we could put it right here.


I thought you got it just for me.

I did get it for you.

Yeah, but it's like I got to sign for it

before I can use it or something.

Dude, come on now.

All I'm saying is I'm a man now.

I feel good. Well...

Not exactly good, I guess.

I ran into this old picture of Charles

in the back of a drawer.

It felt good, the memory,

instead of painful.

He's a cutie.

If you want the truth,

that is one sweet face.

So I feel like I'm getting there.

I'm getting to accept God's will.

Oh, and I brought y'all some

of my lemon squares for the break.

- They were his favorite.

- Thank you, Patrice.

Go ahead, girl.

So, we're mothers.

Our maternal instinct

is to protect our child.

And when the worst happens,

when that child is murdered,

we feel guilt, depression,

we feel we failed.

We lose our homes, our minds,

and sometimes our lives.

So get a sponsor.

Find someone that you can talk to,

get out, get a hobby,

get to acceptance somehow

so that you can get on to living, right?

Now, I think I see a new face.

I'm Lila Walcott. I'm... here.

I work for the city.

I was a clerk in public records. I...

Now I'm on leave.

My son Stephon was m...

Step back, please, ma'am. Ma'am?

- I need you... you can't be in here.

- Stephon!

- It's all right.

- You don't have to say it.

You take your time.

Stephon? Stephon, are you with us?

- Can you hear me?

- Stephon!

- I'm not gonna say that word.

- You shouldn't say it. It's okay.

I hear y'all, but...

Stephon is dead, and I...

I want to...

You want him back.

Finish, Lila.

You want... what?

To thank y'all for inviting me.

You're welcome.

Did you get a hobby yet?

Your son's dead, and they tell you

to start collecting stamps or something.

Well, they're just trying to help.

Yeah, it's funny how everyone wants

to help when there's nothing they can do.

I keep getting cards, you know?

First from the detective and the reverend.

Just got another one in there.

Maybe that could be your hobby,

collecting cards.

Or getting advice.

Oh, yeah.

I had this interior-design job.

And my boss said to me, real nice...

- "you can have another kid".

- I think I heard that one.

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