In the afternoon we had a BBQ in my
parent’s backyard. Lady luck ignored Dad more and more. In contrast Mom was
never happier with grandchildren. My siblings treated me with respect as the older
sister I was. My in laws adopted me.
I learned my in laws had puppet
shadow tales of woe. My father in law fell from life's business ladder after
discovering my mother in law in an affair. One Sunday, after our BBQ and a few
drinks he told me privately in the backyard I was the daughter he always
wanted, the one lost by my mother in law's miscarriage. It was the first time
he hugged me as a daughter. There were tears in his eyes as we went back in the
My mother in law had reason for
tears too. She never wanted to marry my father in law and never loved him. She
married him to please her parents and yearned for her true love, the one she
had the affair with. She was thrown under the bus by him when their affair was
discovered so he could save his marriage. She remained married with my father
in law, Mr. Plan B for security.
The supposed miscarriage was a love
child abortion. I never told my husband these confessions, the beginning of
lies of omission to him. Her confession and the girl I slapped at school
reminded me what you assume is, may not be what is.
I wondered what was behind my parent's puppet
Who were they?