Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chapter 7

It was a bright hot summer day.
I'll never forget it.
Bob had gotten a long boat oar from somewhere. He just came home with it and since most of Indiana is land-locked he had no where to play with his new toy. 
What to do?
No water. No fun.
Since when would that stop him?
He could create his own fun.


He sets up a chair in the front lawn of the old farm house we lived in. 
We lived in one of his parent's homes,  an old farmhouse, way out in the country. No near neighbors. Very few cars passing on the dusty gravel road.
The chair is in the middle of the front yard.
He calls my sister and I out to the yard. Of course we obey. He is sitting there in the middle of the yard in a chair with a boat oar slicing through the air. Whoosh.


What evil will this day bring?
My sister and I look at each other with fear.

Bob tells us to circle the chair he sits in. He sits in his chair like an over sized Budda, sweating in the hot sunshine. 
The birds are singing.
The sun is shining.


Norma goes first. As she passes, he whacks her on the butt. The smack echoes as the flat paddle of the oar hits it's mark. 
Whoosh. Smack.
My turn.
Whoosh. Smack.
It hurts!
Your butt stings and it's even worse when he misses his mark and the hard wood of the oar hits the back of your legs and it cracks against the bare delicate skin of the back of your upper thigh.
Whoosh. Smack.


Norma.
Me.
Norma.
Me.


Whoosh. Smack.
Around and around the chair. Each taking a turn.
This goes on and on. Surely he will tire soon. 
Around and around the chair. 


Whoosh. Smack.
My turn.
Norma.
The wind has kicked up. 


My turn.
Norma.
Bob raises his arms up over his head and around in an arc and swings. 


Norma.
The paddle has a 6 foot handle. Not much control in the wind.
As he lifts his arms to swing the oar, the wind catches it just wrong, lifts it up and 
WHOOSH. 
SMACK.
It hits her in the back of the head!
I will never forget the sound of that crack as wood meets skull. She stands upright and sways for a split second then falls to the ground in a heap.


I run to her. "Norma! Norma, wake up!" 


She is out cold. Is she DEAD????


The look on Bob's face shows his fear. Not fear for Norma but fear for himself. He must know the authorities will have questions.
"Make her wake up!" he screams at me.


"Norma! Please wake up. Please! Wake up!"
She is breathing but there is a bloody gash on the middle of the back of her head.  Her hair matted with blood. So much blood.
Still out cold. It takes her what seems like hours but she comes to. Groggy. Pale.


We didn't know it at the time, but now, because of this and the boat oar, my sister is as deaf as a rock.
My sister is two years older than me but within the next two years, she has failed two grades and we are in the same class in school.
No one cared enough to take her to a doctor. The nerves were damaged and her hearing is gone.


I'd like to tell Bob where he can stick his fcking boat oar.....

19 comments:

  1. We love you, Lana. Your smile and happiness really reaches out to us. I am sorry you and your sister and brother had to spend even 5 minutes with these monsters. I wish this never happened to you or any other innocent children. You are an amazing person, and whether it has happened or not, we all know those two devils will get what is coming to them. Either now, or in hell as you said it.

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  2. Wow, Lana. It's so heartbreaking. I'm so sorry you had to live that nightmare. They were obviously very sick people. And very sickening people.

    Much love to you and Henry...

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  3. Wish I could crack Bob upside the head with a boat oar... I hate to think of what he would've done if the hit killed her. We all probably wouldn't be reading your story now. Awful..just so damn awful. You're a brave woman to share this, Lana. Even braver to actually live through it and make something of yourself.

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  4. Just when you think it can't get any worse. My heart breaks for you and Norma. xxxoooo

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  5. You really came out shining brighter than a star at the end of all of this torture. People like Bob and his wife don't deserve to walk around with the rest of society. I don't know if he's still alive, but I hope he lived a life of hell on earth for what he did to you and your siblings. I don't know how you rose above this and turned out so beautiful. That's probably the toughest battle to overcome in my opinion. Abuse can really break a human down to the lowest level but it's really amazing how beautiful your heart is. I wish you all the best in life Lana, full of happiness and nothing less. I hope your husband's condition starts to improve and 2012 is the best year of your life.

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  6. Is this monster even still ALIVE? If so he should be OUTED.
    This is so very upsetting to read. The previous entries, equally.
    Your sister... my God. My God, my God, My GOD. :(
    My husband and I were just talking about becoming foster parents and how some people are so heinously cruel to the beautiful, innocent children they LUCKY enough to receive.
    Why is it that the foster system (even today, and I don't care what anybody says) is so bloody corrupt? And why does it have so many holes allowing sweet, innocent children to slip through gaping cracks?
    My heart absolutely aches for you and I'm utterly fascinated to read how it is you managed to triumph and blossom into the outstanding, empowered woman you are, Ms. Lana.
    xoxo (((hugs)))
    Michele
    ~Shelliebilll from YouTube

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  7. You tell him, Lana! Even if he IS roasting in HELL, he will hear you!

    God love you, you poor babies. My heart is broken reading this story -- I don't know how you became the loving, wonderful person you are today, but it certainly wasn't from ANY of the adults you lived with!

    I love you, Lana, and Norma and your brother, too -- this story makes me cry with each new installment....it brings back some terrible old memories and that is part of it, but mostly it's because NO ONE came to your rescue :(``

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  8. every day was a scary place for you and your sister...you never knew what was gonna happened...cause mental illeness is like a bobcat!wild and crazy,they jump on you with no reasons!so,you managed to survive,and not being killed...without my ears i'll would go crazy!love music and movies! But not horror movies!and that's what a child who lives with crazy people,go thru:an horror suspense,don't know what's gonna happen next,movie! But it's real! And you want it to end...thepain,thehumiliation,the starving,the beating...but,you don't know how! You were a child,to little to know how to ask help!in thèse days,if a child talked,he was crazy or a liar! Must obey the adults! Ain't it? Who's gonna help a child?nobody will beleive a child?loneliness,emptyness,helpless...childhood...god,maybe will hear? Who can help me? Love you...alexanna.

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  9. I hope you get this published soon, I want to read the whole book, this is so sad, when I first read your story, it brought back what happened to me, not too long ago, this is sad, but its the truth, thank you for telling this. it sickening for me to hear it, but this is the only way.

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  10. Oh Lana, I hope there is a heaven and a hell. 'Nuff said.

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  11. You are a testament to the human spirit!

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  12. Sick son of a bitch. I don't curse, only when I'm very angry. Even then I don't used four letter words. Unless something has been building a long time. Oh God Lana I don't know how you survived. Your poor sister. Each time I read what you write I can't believe it will get any worse & it does. I hope your sister & brother aren't very damaged by this. Besides physically. I don't know how you couldn't be damaged mentally. You don't seem to be Lana. I love you & am so sickened by this. God bless you.

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  13. This is just heart-breaking Lana, it just tears me up inside to think that such a low life could think of tormenting you and your sister that would end up leaving Norma deaf?? As if the mental scars aren't enough, this sick son of a bi*ch leaves Norma deaf??? And you sweetheart, scarred in your sweet heart and on the outside by the cigarette burns that he and his evil wife Barbara inflicted on you. Hell had a special place reserved for those evil beasts and I hope the flames lick away at their flesh because they don't deserve to be forgiven. They weren't mental, they weren't mad - they were just PLAIN BAD!!

    All of us here are saying the same thing sweetheart, we are amazed at your tenacity, your strength of character, to have remained the beautiful person you were then and are now. You have so much kindness and love in your heart, your spirit is pure and good. They may have stolen your happiness at that time, but they didn't steal your spirit or your strength. You are adorable Lana, I love you so much. God bless you and Henry. Warm hugs being sent your way. :) xxxooo

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  14. Oh, sweet Lana. It's so hard for me to read these stories...I too lived with a cruel alcoholic...my heart is beating too fast & I feel like puking...I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to have a happy family, with me being the Mommy. He has blessed me with ten luscious children & I try to savor every minute of it! God used my sad childhood to give me an appreciation for so many things (i.e. food, safety, hugs, baths, etc.), I'm sure the same is true for you! Thanks for writing. xxoo

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  15. That crazy, cruel bastard!!!! What is wrong with some people-- who feel it is their right to abuse helpless children??? And now, your precious sister still lives with the aftermath of the cruelty. Lana, I am truly sorry you had to live through such atrocities. God bless you! Big huge hugs,~Marilyn

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  16. Lana, it's hard to imagine having to live through all of this. I am so sorry for everything that happened to you, your brother, and your sister. I can't believe a person could treat another person, especially a child, so cruelly. For you to be such an amazing woman after enduring so much abuse, it's remarkable. Thank you for sharing your life, your story with us.

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  17. Lana I hope u and you family had an awesome Christmas and New Year!

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  18. I find this incredibly hard to believe. Is this fiction? Surely this did not happen.

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  19. What a monster! You and your poor sister; so sad that she had to loose her hearing from the acts of this evil man. This is so hard to read and hard to comprehend that two people could be this horrible. I am so sorry this happened to all of you, Lana!

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