A Boy Named Lee~Chapter 2
Nine months later Lee woke up to go to school. When he walked into the dining room he was surprised to see his neighbors in his house and his mother on the floor crying. Just than his neighbor Dixie came up to him and said “Lee honey……we need to talk.”
She took him outside and said “Lee you are 9 years old, the oldest of your brothers and sister, so you need to know this.” “Lee your father and uncle have been in a car wreck, Your Uncle is okay but your Dad is dead.” Lee said “He’s dead? Dixie started crying and gave Lee a hug. Soon a commotion broke out and Dixie ran off to see what was happening. So… there Lee sat in the early morning, alone, looking at the world and wondering why everyone was crying. Then he remembered that his dad had told him that he had to get the weeds wacked down by the Garage before he got home from work….or else.” So Lee went to the dreaded garage and grabbed the hand weed whacker and went out along the fence and started working.
As he was working, he felt free. No crying, no feeling whatsoever. He almost felt as if there was something wrong with him because he actually felt…..fine.
The funeral happened in this place that Lee had been allowed to escape to once in awhile. Everybody called it a Church? Lee didn’t mind the Church because his friends were always there and they had fun and always played football after Church, He could stay as long as his Dad was at work.
Lee always felt a little out of place at Church because of the way everybody dressed. Lee was picked on in school for being “poor” and they always called him names like loser, stinky, queer, and many other names. But at this place called Church Lee felt like nobody judged him or picked on him. People actually paid attention to him and asked him what he thought. Lee liked that.
At the funeral there were a lot of people crying, and everyone was telling Rose that Lee was in shock, and that they were worried about him. Lee was sorry that everyone wanted him to cry? He tried but he just couldn’t. While the funeral was going on, Lee looked in the wooden box and saw his Dad lying there and all of a sudden His Dad looked at him. Lee jumped back and fear overcame him. He told his mother “Daddy is alive!” His mother whispered through her tears …no son he is dead.”
Following the funeral and after all of Lee’s family had left. Rose went to bed. The next morning Lee woke up for school and nobody was up. He went into his mother’s room and she was sleeping, so Lee quietly closed the door and went and got his brothers and sisters up for school. He got them up, ran the tub, and let them go first, because there was not enough hot water for more than one bath. So, many times the water was so dirty that Lee would just us a wash rag to bathe. Lee then got them dressed, fed them, and got them all on the bus. After school they came home and his mom was still sleeping. So Lee went to see if she wanted anything? She murmured “You are the man of the house now.”, so he quietly closed her door and helped his brothers, and sister with their homework, fixed dinner, and mowed the lawn. While he was mowing the lawn he saw his friend and dad shooting BB guns together and another friend playing catch with his dad. Oh how Lee wanted that! But he was the “man of the house now” and had to take care of things.
He did this for months. His mother only came out of the bedroom to go to the bathroom, or for brief periods when she thought no one was looking. Lee began to feel very angry towards his mother. There was never any food in the house and no money. Many times he had to go hunting while his brothers and sisters did their homework just to feed his siblings. Lee did a good job of hiding the way they were living. He never had friends in the house, mainly because of the embarrassment of one of his friends seeing one of the many rats that lived in the house.
Then one day the bus dropped off Lee and his brother and sisters and there were a lot of people in his yard. Dixie comes running up to Lee yelling “Where is your mom?” he said in the bedroom. As Dixie ran off towards the house, Lee noticed smoke coming from the house. It was on fire! Dixie ran into the house and came out asking for help! She screamed “She won’t come out!” So another neighbor went in and a couple minutes later they came out dragging his mother out of the house. She was screaming “LEAVE ME IN THERE I WANT TO DIE!”
Lee felt a rage inside of him! He thought, “SHE WANTS TO LEAVE US? FINE?!?! I HOPE SHE DOES!" Deep down inside of Lee's soul.....something flipped! He wanted to kill his mother! Lee keep it all inside. Nobody could even imagine what he was capable of......well at least at that point in time.