THE DAY I SMASHED THE WINDOW
It was a bright snowy day as I trudged home from school that cold winter afternoon. My older sister, who was usually with me as we walked to and from school, most if not all school days, was missing. Today she had to stay later to practice for the upcoming play that she was starring in. She was playing the part of Gabriel, the angel who announces to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God. She had some singing in latin, which required not only a knowledge of latin but it helped if you had a pleasant singing voice. We of course were attending Catholic school, so our plays mostly had a religious theme. Of course two years of latin was required also in high school. And the mass was in Latin at that time. She qualified on all points, plus she was very pretty with long blond hair. She made the perfect angel.
I approached the house which my mother called, “the shack,” ever since we had moved here from the nice house we had previously. And it was a shack! The roof leaked, the wind whistled through the cracks in the house and the toilet was practically outside. There was a lean to attached to the house and a roof and door that closed, so it wasn’t too bad. It was cold though and the toilet seat would freeze over in winter. I was starting to get chills from the wind which had picked up and my feet were soaked. As I approached the house I was looking forward to sitting by the stove and warming myself.
I did not remember whether father was going to be home today or not. He was supposed to be out looking for a job, which meant that mother would be home and I was happy about that. I did not want to hear them quarreling again and mother usually had a snack for us after school, cookies and cocoa or tea always warmed me and made me feel good.
Mostly, I went around to the kitchen door and took my boots, if I had any, off and shook any snow off before coming into the house. But I was so cold and miserable I decided to go in through the front door. I tried the door and it didn’t budge, so I tried it again. No luck. Then I decided to knock because I knew someone was home, I could hear the radio. I banged on the glass in the window. There were six separate panes of glass in the top of the door, the bottom half was wood. No one was coming to the door.
I did have a temper and after knocking several times I was getting angry in addition to being cold and having wet feet, so I banged harder than I should have. Just then, on the third bang, the glass shattered! Some of the glass chips cut into my wrist and I started to bleed. Now I could hear footsteps coming to the door and also yelling and cursing! My wrist was bleeding pretty good at this point from the broken glass shards and I could feel myself being pulled inside!
“What the hell?” Father was screaming as he dragged me inside. The sound of his raised voice and his grip on my arms was starting to hurt. The blood was getting all over my coat as I managed to get away from him. I quickly ran upstairs and sat on the bed. But he followed me upstairs and I knew I was in for it.
To Be Continued.