Yes, I know I am supposed to be doing the 30,000,000 things I have to do before I leave for China a week from today to be gone for three weeks, but when I got Mama Kat's assignments this week... I found a new and brilliant way to procrastinate. I am really looking forward to being in a space between drama so I can blog for the heck of it.
We had been living with my Aunt(my mom's stepsister) for a couple of months with mom trying to find a good job and place to live. Mom's stepbrother and his family lived about a mile away. Nah, not a mile. I was a little bitty kid, it was a bit of a walk, but my legs were short. Anyway.
I was not much of a rule breaker, for reasons that will become clear. So Mom had met this guy at some point, and we had visited the teeny weeny town where he lived and owned a business. He was taking her on vacation. To Hawaii. I was to stay with my uncle and his wife for the duration of her absence. The reason: my aunt had two teenage boys and Mother figured they would molest me while she was gone. So I was to stay with Uncle Horace and Aunt Anastasia*.
The first Saturday , their six year old went to a friend's house and was gone all day. I mean, ate some cereal and left on foot. Horace and Anastasia fought all day long. Not about anything. Just fighting. Screaming, running back and forth through the house. Slamming doors. Silences. I suppose some discussion may have taken place during these quiet times, but I was outside on the swing.
I am 11. I have been told I have to stay here. I am afraid he is going to hurt her. I have information I don't want to have. Their deaf, two year-old son is in the house with them. I want to go get him to take him somewhere so he doesn't have to watch. I don't want them to know that I know. I can't go in to eat or pee.
I have no idea how long I sat there.
I eventually got up and went to my Aunt's house. I stayed the remainder of the Hawaiian vacation. I was not harmed by my cousins.
When I was 28, my uncle died of cancer in prison while serving a sentence for killing a man.
This post is linked to Mama Kat.