Aspire Magazine: Inspiration for a Woman's Soul.(TM) Oct/Nov 2018 Aspire Mag Full Issue - Page 36

The Stories WE TELL OURSELVES BY DEBORAH KEVIN W hen I was twelve, my mother kidnapped me. She tried to take my younger brother, but he turned her away. A year earlier, we’d come home to an empty house to discover that my mother had taken all her belongings and left. No note. No money. Not much food in the refrigerator. My father aboard an aircraft carrier near Vietnam. The rest of our family six states away. When my father arrived back home, he moved my brother and me to Pennsylvania to live with our grandparents. There was no discussion about what happened to my mother. In fact, we never heard from her. Not on our birthdays. Not for Christmas. Not even when my brother underwent emergency open heart surgery. Not until the day she appeared at my school. 36 | October / November 2018