She Noticed His Hands
His list contained the essentials like potatoes, eggs, butter, milk, onions, stock, peas, beef, and carrots. He took his time putting each item in a plastic bag, but his hands were shaking. The cashier moved fast and John was struggling to keep up. Still, she smiled pleasantly and said, “$11.25, when you’re ready.” He packed the eggs last. His wife had taught him that putting them under the rest of the food would have caused them to crack. But then a man from the back of the line cleared his throat and John was embarrassed. “Sorry.” Then, the cashier noticed his shaky hands.
No Place Like Home
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John’s dad was into carpentry. In fact, his hands were huge and strong. But before John started school, he helped his dad build stairs in the housing estates in Mississippi. He looked up to his dad. But, he adored his mother too. She would kiss him every morning and make him breakfast. She made sure he was always ready to head out to school, or to visit his grandmother before his dad was even up in the morning. But shortly after he started school, he saw something that was mortifying.
The Shocking Scene
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John was 5 when he came home from school. He opened the door, and called for his mother. Then, he noticed her lying on the ground with her hand in her mouth. His dad was standing over her. “Mom?” he asked. She wiped her lip and stood up. “Go outside and play, I’ll be out in a minute.” He was too stunned. “Now, John!” she screamed, and her voice echoed. What had John just witnessed?
The Last Time
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John started to notice that his father’s hands trembled. Eventually, his dad took his rage out on him. But the day he hit John for the first time, was also the last time he saw his father. From that point on, John and his mom were on their own. He never imagined he would marry anyone. When he thought about his future, he only saw his mother. Then, something happened.
Struggling To Survive
John’s mother passed away from a heart attack when John was twenty. By that point, his father had lost his business, his home, and his family. John had no choice but to crash at a friend’s house for two weeks. He desperately needed to earn some money, so he signed up to work at a ring toss at the Summer Carnival. He loved seeing everyone enjoying themselves. And it’s also where he saw Anne.