About his father and his father’s family. And honestly- I’m having a hard time remembering things. The other day he said to me “I didn’t know my father had a sister…” I was a bit taken aback and asked where he’d heard that, and he told me his gymnastics coach had told him about her- her name, that they’d gone to school together, that they did gymnastics together and were good friends for many years. I was surprised because I also went to school with Damien’s coach and he knows a little about what happened back then. I didn’t think he’d volunteer information like that without checking with me first.
Then I realised why Damien had sounded so cautious when he said it- I have never mentioned her. I dunno why, I just never said anything about his father’s sister or his father’s parents. I’ve told him lots about his father, what I remember, but I have always been afraid of giving Damien too much information before he’s old enough to handle it. Now it seems I’ve given him too little. And there’s so much that I haven’t thought about for nearly sixteen years that I really don’t remember much… and I don’t want to tell him “bad” stuff. I then asked Damien if he would like more details and information on his paternal family and he very eagerly said yes… a wee tinge of disappointment there… but now I’m trying to remember stuff, and he’s very interested when I tell him something new.
Mom, sister B, sister C, da Bruvva (maybe you were too young)… can any of you remember anything that I can tell Damien… will you mail it me please?
There Is Never An Excuse
One in three is not a statistic - one in three is a crying shame.