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Topic: TRIAL (05/10/18)
- TITLE: From One's Heart
By Richard L. Provencher
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Come, sit down and listen, mom said.
She was bleary eyed, an eyebrow lower than the other. The way she always looked when things began to fall apart. The last time I observed her in this condition was over dadâ€™s gambling. At the time it meant little food in the ice-box. And I liked to eat.
We have decided to separate. Dad looked lost, his head bent.
Those words struck me like lightning bolts. Catholics were not supposed to. Itâ€™s just the way it was in 1954
S e p a r a t e I mumbled.
Now you have to make an important decision. She said it without emotion and stared into my eyes.
Iâ€™m glad I was sitting down. 14 year-old boys donâ€™t cry, do they? At least they are not supposed to.
You have to decide with whom you wish to live. And you have to make your decision today.
It was four oâ€™clock on a Saturday afternoon and my heart felt like it may explode. I turned away as tears began to fall. Whatever happened to marriage vows-â€“
til death do us part?
(non-fiction â€“ 191 words)
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