writing the truth

April 5th, 2016

paper became my trusted friend

My sixth grade teacher distributed little manila booklets with fat blue lines .

“These are your private journals, and you can write about anything going on in your life.”

I’d never considered writing before.  I could write truth.

I could describe catastrophes, like my Dad’s time in Napa State Hospital, returning months later and trying, but unable to stop drinking.  My mom, brother and I glad/not glad to see him, but he brought bingeing boomerangs.  He lost another job, lost his car (again) or locked himself up in his bedroom wearing a green jumpsuit, and sang Irish songs along with the record player all Saturday long. Continue reading “writing the truth” »

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