2 Full House
As the oldest of three, it became her responsibility tomake sure her brother got ready for school. Every day, shewould get up, wash, get dressed and put her robe over herschool clothes, then go and wake her brother. As heshowered, she made his bed and breakfast. Her sister, theyoungest of the three, was still in her mother·s care, butBethany knew all that would change as soon as the littleone became school age.She always remembered the one morning wheneverything went wrong; her brother fought getting up, sheburned the Wheatena and later when she arrived at schooland removed her coat, she looked down and saw she stillhad on her pink, quilted robe. Her classmates thought itwas hilarious and the news of her faux pas spread fasterthan chicken pox in a preschool. When she got home andtried to explain the humiliation to her mother, the womanquickly brushed it off.´It·s no big deal, Bethany. A year from now, whowill remember? You need to get over yourself.µThat very day, Bethany vowed she would neverconfide in that woman again. She promised that she wouldhave more compassion for her children and she made goodon that promise. After everyone thought her husband lefther for some floozy he met in their congregation, shedevoted herself to her boys. However, in reality, the couplenever left at all. They were both buried deep in the back ofher flower garden, fertilizer for her beautiful prizehollyhocks.
One cold winter evening, she·d thrown a dozen ofher garden-grown castor beans that she allowed to flowerand seed into his chili. She patiently watched him until hecollapsed hours later from the stomach pains. Always thedutiful wife, she cared for him as he suffered through thegut-wrenching vomiting and blood-laced diarrhea for three