The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 Chapter 11 Summary
Bobo Brazil Meets the Sheik
Dad sticks to his plan and keeps driving nonstop.
Kenny and the rest of the family wake up every once in a while, but everybody mostly sleeps until Momma finally announces that they're home (she means her home of course).
Momma's so excited, she starts honking the horn like a crazy woman.
Kenny is surprised that Birmingham looks so much like Flint, with regular houses and great big trees.
It's been ten years since the Watsons last visited Birmingham, so Kenny and Joey have never actually met Grandma Sands. There's lots of hugging and crying and laughing all around.
Kenny has heard so many stories about how mean and strict she is that he expects Grandma Sands to be like a giant troll or foaming at the mouth or something (that Kenny has some imagination), but it turns out she's just a regular little old lady with a cane.
He thought there would be a battle between Grandma and Byron like Godzilla vs. King Kong or Bobo Brazil vs. the Sheik, but now it looks like Grandma is no match for Byron.
That is, until Grandma asks Byron to go to the store and Byron forgets to say "Yes ma'am." Kenny makes a smart remark about Byron, and Grandma puts them both in their place in a hot second. She's not as fragile as she looks.
Grandma also mentions something about a Mr. Robert who nobody seems to know, and Momma looks worried.
Meanwhile, Byron is all smiles and polite and "yes, ma'am; no, ma'am." Kenny is disappointed that all the fight has already gone out of Byron; he was expecting a good show.