A Story of My Life, Part 18: Home Alone in 1992

1992

This is the episode I've been putting off writing for quite some time now.

Ed, the manager of the winery where I worked and my boss, got divorced. We all felt for him. he was such a good boss: kind, patient, decisive when it was necessary for somebody to be, and a great problem solver. His wife ran off to Idaho (her home state) with her lover, leaving Ed with two sons at home, to finish raising by himself.

Ed and I had become good friends. He very generously gave me rides back and forth to work every day. He was 40 years old: I was 25 years old. I believe I fell in love with his brains. Nothing turns me on like a man who can think.

We got married in December of 1985.

I moved into Ed's house. I was a big-sister kind of stepmom to his two sons. We settled down--we had a nice life going, with the kids and the house and the cat and the dog. The kids accepted me after a while. Of course, they missed their real mother, and I have no doubt she missed them, but they adjusted fairly well, I thought. They were good kids, a little wild, maybe. They were unsupervised between the time they got out of school and the time Ed and I got out of work. It was surprising, what they could come up with to do with that free hour and a half or so! Kids don't think like adults do, until they are good and ready.

Ed had a hobby. He built and flew model aircraft. He had a workshop in the basement, and that's where he spent most of his free time. I had my books to read; I had my piano.

I say it again, it was a really nice life we had going on there.

Ed wanted to go on vacation, to Florida, to Daytona Beach. I couldn't go with him because he and I were the only two agents of the company who could make registered excise tax pre-payments.

So Ed went alone to Florida, driving down on a Sunday and expected back the following Saturday night. He called me every night, but those conversations were sort of bland. Ed was never really a phone person.

He didn't make it home Saturday night. The last phone call I got from him was on Thursday. Uh-oh! I was nearly out of my mind with worry. I was envisioning a car accident. I didn't quite know what to do.

I got a phone call Sunday afternoon, from a bailbondsman. Ed was in the Dade County Jail. The charges?

Lewd and lascivious behavior to a child.

The very last thing I would have expected from such a modest man, such a homebody.

Les Folies Bergere

1992

January 1 
US President George Bush becomes the first US President to address the Austrailian Parliment 
January 6 
Bosnian Serbs declare their own republic 
January 11 
Singer Paul Simon is the first major artist to tour South Africa after the apartheid sanctions are lifted 
January 16 
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign a pact in Mexico City to end the 12-year civil war 
March 9
The People's Republic of China ratifies the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
April 9
A Miami, Florida jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega of aiding the Columbian cocaine cartel
April 29
A jury acquits four LAPD officers of excessive force int eh videotaped beating of Rodney King, sparking off a major LA riot, causing 53 deaths and over $1 billion in damages.
May 1
A Lindhurt High School student, Eric Houston, of Yuba County, California, kills 4 and injures 9, holding many students hostage.
May 22
After thirty years, Johnny Carson retires, and Jay Leno takes his place.
June 22
Two skeletons excavated in Russia are identified as Czar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandria.
August 11
The largest shopping mall in the United States, the Mall of America, opens in Minnesota. It covers 78 acres.
September 12
Dr. Mae Jemison becomes the first African American woman to travel in space.
October 3
After performing a song protesting alleged child abuse by the Roman Catholic Church, Sinead O'Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, causing a huge controversy.
October 24
The Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, becoming the first Canadian team to win.
Ocober 24
Pope John Paul II issues an apology, and lifts the edict of the Inquisition agains Galileo Galilei. (Finally!)
November 3
Bill Clinton beats incumbent George Bush in the 1992 US Presidential Election
November 20
A fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, causing over 50 million pounds worth of damage.
December 9
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce their separation.
December 20
The Folies Bergere Music Hall closes in Paris.

From "Basic Instinct"

1992 at the Movies!

  • Aladdin
  • Home Alone 2 (Lost in New York)
  • Batman Returns (directed by Tim Burton)
  • Lethal Weapon 3
  • A Few Good Men
  • Sister Act
  • The Bodyguard
  • Wayne's World
  • Basic Instinct
  • A League of Their Own

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Yeah, it was devastating for the boys, too. I think they were hurt the most by Ed's withdrawal from being involved in any kind of home life, more than the incident itself, which we protected them from being exposed to.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Yeah, it was devastating for the boys, too. I think they were hurt the most by Ed's withdrawal from being involved in any kind of home life, more than the incident itself, which we protected them from being exposed to.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Damn Paradise7 - But you've had your share of bad luck! I think I can understand why you have had a hard time publishing this one. I'm going to read the next installment because I want to know what happened to his boys. How devastating for them too


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks, poet!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Heck this was super cool, I got right into it. :)


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Yeah, I really knew how to pick them, Laura. Or they knew how to pick me.


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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Wow Paradise - you sure knew how to pick them. So sorry to hear that you once again had such a raw deal. Thank goodness you did not have children of your own that would have been exposed to this sick man!

Thanks for sharing a very private and I'm sure very painful piece of your past.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Not quite the knight in shining armor, after all.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Talk about a Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I guess your knight in shining armor wasn't all he was cracked up to be. I'm so sorry that such a wonderful man, had such a dark secret. I hope you got past that episode of your life unscathed. Life is full of surprises, some of them not so good.

Fascinating hub, can't stop reading now.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much, mega and RM, for following this story. You know, RM, I knew for sure you would get that remark about being turned on for the guy that can think!

Oh, Mega, I could wish for everyone's life to be like Sunday School, all peaceful and serene and no extremely shocking surprises coming at you from left field!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Wow! As Nancy Grace would say, "Bombshell!" I know what you mean about falling for the brain. If that's not there, the rest doesn't matter much.


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mega1 6 years ago

Oh good grief! unbelievable! your life makes mine seem like Sunday school!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much, BJ. I know a woman understands what I felt.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

I really hurt for you. I know what it is like when someone hurts you in a way that you could not believe they would.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thanks, Veronica. It really knocked me sideways.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I am shocked and flabbergasted! I did not expect - neither did you obviously. I am sitting here quite speechless Paradise7. I too am thinking it has to be a mistake, especially when you have been with a person for a good amount of time. I wait in anticipation for the next installment.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, BJ, Listener, Scarytaff and Sweetie Pie for your comments. It really, really WAS such a shock! I don't believe I'm over it yet, and it was years ago...years and years ago...but I loved that man. I trusted him.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

1992 was a memorable year for me because I graduated from eighth grade, and started high school. I was also very excited about Clinton being elected that year, and remember wishing I were old enough to vote. You went through a lot in 92, and I commend you for being so strong.


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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

No.7 How devastating this shock must have been. I feel for you. Another knock back. As they say, life can be a bitch.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

Well, Paradise I just got done reading your whole story...from beginning to end...now I am waiting in suspense for the next episode...I guess I should say I am sorry for the shock...but it was bound to happen. 7 is a long time to be married...and not even guess.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Wow, you never know. I can't imagine his first wife knew or she would of never left her kids behind. I knew when you said he was going to Florida without you something was coming. I hope you have been able to move on, good luck. A old saying the wife is the last to know.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you Jen, for your always so gracious and understanding comments. I really, really couldn't believe my husband was a child molester for a long, long time. It just seemed so unlikely! I know, I know, the wife is always the last person to know. It's true. I was there: I know.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

I'm glad you are writing again, I can only imagine how difficult it is for you though. Still your courage will get you through the difficult parts, if that is what you want. I think it is good to get it out. I am totally shocked by your husband's actions, but having had a close friend who had a past I never imagined possible, I surely know these shocks befall us all. More so when it is your mate, that I totally get!


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Tat Guy, of course it's your brain that makes me hot!

Listener, we had been married about seven years. What a shock it was! I couldn't believe it, for the longest time. I thought there must be some mistake. More in the next installment.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

wow...what was the deal? How long had you been married at this time?


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Ha so tis my thinking that turns you on Paradise, nice to get a glimpse of yer life xox

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