ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Cousin Malachi

Updated on June 24, 2017

The Family

My father never liked his older brother,
Benny.

He used the terms 'dominating' and
'overbearing', 'cold' 'two faced.'

Of course, this was behind his back,
because my father worked for his brother.

We weren't a close family, in fact, my
father wasn't close to any of his
siblings but was most distant from Benny

So it seemed very odd to me that when
I had left High School and didn't know
what I was going to do with my life I'd be
offered a job working for Uncle Benny.

I don't know Why...

I came to work in a different section than my father with different hours.
Benny's son, Malachi, worked in my office.

He said hello, then went back to the computer.
As I hadn't know he'd be there when I entered and we were almost strangers, I didn't feel let down by his coldness. I went to my cubicle and the day passed.
No communication. Nothing.

When I was dropped home by the same Malachi he said nothing on the drive. I tried to open a topic but he didn't answer and I was a bit too tired to do more than let it go.

Now I Get It

I'd been there two weeks.

Here's an example of how the average day went.

Work would be dropped on my desk and I would do it. On the computer.

The first time I had completed my tasks I had gone to tell Uncle Benny who
raised a hand;
"Can't talk to you now.."
so I went back to my cubicle and played Scrabble, wrote in my Blog, checked my
E-Mail, went to lunch.

It was 4:40 when Uncle Benny came to me wanting to see what I'd done.

I brought up the files on the Computer. He went over them word by word, and found heaps to critique. He had me trapped at that computer until past 6:00 then dropped me home. I was so annoyed that I couldn't even talk.

So I understood why Malachi didn't talk.
At least in part.

A Month later

Although the work was interesting, the environment was something like Gitmo. Uncle Benny was the most horrible boss. He never commended, only attacked.

If he came up with some protocol and one would try to disagree."Too Much Talking!!!" he'd bark as if his next action would be a punch in the face.

Since I lived in a 'normal' environment I would escape. I'd reach home and after a shower shake off the Office and be myself. But Malachi didn't. He left the office to go home under the same regime.

So Malachi was silent.

What I found fascinating about Malachi is that he almost always had his cell phone in his hand, texting and receiving texts. He was always focused on that cell, actually drove a car holding it.

The Cherry on the Whipped Cream on the...

Aunt Grace's son was getting married. The clan was assembled. Grace was the most popular sister in my father's family.

Benny and his wife and kids, including Malachi arrived. Benny was beaming like the sun, exuberant, nothing like the horrible ogre I worked for. He greeted me as if I were his most prized employee and wrapping an arm about me bragged about how brilliant I was.

My folks, especially my father, almost smirked. He, more than anyone, (except me) knew how two faced Benny is. When Benny let go of me I wanted to bathe in disinfectant.

In a short time, however, with Uncle Benny gone to 'impress' others, conversation resumed normalcy. Everyone was soon chattering and laughing and way over there I saw Malachi texting on his phone. At a family gathering, with people around him, he was texting to whomever wasn't there, oblivious.

"If you keep working for Benny," my father said with his deceptive smile, "that's who you'll become."

I made a late application to enter University, and quit working for Uncle Benny.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)