I’m only here to close my ring shirt

When his eldest son died of Measles I think from memory. The boss gave him half a day off to go to the I’m only here to close my ring shirt in other words I will buy this funeral on a Saturday which was a workday then. Meanwhile, the boss’s son was kicked out of school for bullying smaller students. The boss used the fact he was not at work to fire him and replace him with his own son. It was the late 19th century. Despite being given permission to go to the funeral he was sacked when he returned to work later that day. After losing his son, emotions ran high. He demanded to see the boss. A boss who sacked an employee of several decades of faithful service without notice or reference! Thus making it hard in the middle of a Depression to find work. He confronted the boss again with an ax except for no locked door. Ended up being charged with murder. The judge ruled that the fact he escaped from a secure unit proved he was fit to plead and no mention could be raised about him being locked up in a mental asylum. He was found guilty and hung as the courts did not want disgruntled employees to follow his lead. My dad worked long hours; sometimes, he wouldn’t be home until 12 AM. This didn’t start happening until I was 13. I was never treated right by my brother and my dad. My dad was always known to hurt us with his words, and sometimes still does today. I felt like a maid for such a long time that I could not take it anymore. Slowly, I started to crack. I became like my dad for a little while at a young age, constantly yelling at my brother because he wasn’t helping me out; he yelled back, saying he just wanted to be a kid. I wanted to be one too and never got that chance. I stopped yelling at him after that. I faced this battle alone and on my own. I made mistakes. I ran 6 miles away from home because of all the stress and yelling. I wanted to be with my mom and realized how stupid I was for running away. It was the most blissful, yet terrifying moment I’ve had. I stared at the sky and took in its beauty as it turned a vibrant pink-orange. That’s all I really remember, aside from the farm land I walked past, the rushing of cars a few feet away from me, and my emotions; upset, scared, angry, and determination.

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