“He always told me he never had a hero. Never knew anyone who he could look up to on a regular basis.” I listened to the talk show host halfheartedly.
I didn’t want to be staying with my aunt and uncle, but it was too late. Once I was inside there was no going back. Usually, I was given the option of staying either inside or outside. If I chose to outside, I could not set one foot indoors – no hot shower, no toilet, no eating at the kitchen table. I had to use the outhouse, outdoor “shower” and eat my meals at the picnic table.
If I stayed inside, I had all the amenities being indoors provided, but was required to stay in the house at all times. I was currently stuck inside for the next two days. While I usually chose to stay outside solely to avoid spending any time with my aunt and uncle, I was only supposed to be here for one night and it had been raining when I arrived. I hadn’t had the energy to set up camp in the rain.
I was getting worried about how long my mother was going to have to stay in the hospital. I had not heard a single word, and judging from the looks I was getting, neither had my aunt and uncle. With every minute that passed, the rain soaked lawn was looking better and better. If I had only known then what I know now.