"He hit me."
"No, he shoved you. Big difference."
"No, he hit me. He meant it. Why are you taking his side?"
"Because you're used to money and you have nowhere to go. Besides that, it was your fault. You shouldn't have yelled. Personally I think you deserved it for being such a little snit. Go back and say you're sorry and get over it. You really are making way to big a deal about this."
"Please, I need to come home for just a couple of days. To figure out what I'm going to do."
"Uh no, we talked about this already. No child of mine is going to be a "boomerang kid". You're just going to have to growup."
She didn't know what disturbed her more, the fact that that she was being blamed for something that wasn't her fault or the fact it was her mother saying it.
Alice never did understand why her mother was always taking his side about things until she tried to come home. When her mother first made the comment about "boomerang kids" Alice was dumbfounded. But this time she spoke up, "This isn't the same as coming home because I got fired or can't get a job. This is being hit. This is being disrespected - " as she said the words her voice began to rise. It just made her angry that her own mother would think that this was okay."
"See, you're getting angry again. So you had a fight. Happens. You're not the easiest person to live with."
"Did daddy? Did he hit you or rough you up?" she was afraid to hear the answer but she needed to know. Maybe it would explain her mother's reaction to this.
"Your father? Oh no. He loves me. I don't think I could get him mad enough to raise a hand. No and never. But we're different so it's not the same. Now go home, put on something nice, and apologize. Hey you'll have make up sex. Now then your father will be home in acouple of hours and I've got supper to cook. You're going to have to go now because I've got a lot to do."
With those words she was dismissed. As she sat there in the car, keys in her hand she began to cry.
from novel The Things We Do For Love by c ann ford 10-29-10 all rights reserved by the author