In My Head VI
By: Mia L. Hazlett
Daddy picked me up from school today. We got my sister from daycare and now we are going to go to the mall. I love the mall. Usually Mommy just comes to pay one of her bills at the store on the end near the escalators. Daddy said we could go to all the stores and get whatever we wanted. It was kinda weird, because he used to never let us get stuff. Now, he bought us anything we wanted.
Daddy asked me how I was doing and about school. I told him I was really good and I loved school. I asked him if he would come to my play next week because I was going to be the narrator. He said he couldn’t wait. I also asked him if he would sit with Mommy. He told me, “We’ll see.” That means no. That has always meant no. But that was okay, as long as he came.
When we were going back to the car, Daddy got a call from a girl. Her picture came up on his screen. He tried to hide it, but I already saw it. My sister kept asking if that was Mommy and Daddy got mad at her and yelled for her to be quiet. She started to cry and I held her hand. I wanted to go home now. This wasn’t the best day ever. Daddy called the girl on the phone sweetie. That’s what he called me.
When Daddy pulled into the driveway, the front porch light came on and I saw the front door open, but Mommy didn’t come outside. As soon as I saw the “P” light up, I took my seatbelt off and ran into the house. I never wanted to see Daddy again. I heard my sister crying downstairs and then the door closed. I looked out the window and Daddy was on the phone smiling. He was probably talking to his new “sweetie”.
Mommy knocked on my door and brought in the bags full of all the stuff Daddy let us get. I told her I didn’t want it and I never wanted to see him again. She sat on my bed and I ran to her and told her that Daddy had another girl he called “sweetie”. I wanted to be his only sweetie. I was Sweetie and my sister was Sunshine. I began to cry and begged Mommy to never find another “dumplin’”. I would do anything she wanted. I just wanted to be her only “dumplin’”. She promised me that I was her only dumplin’. When she left my room, I heard her call my sister. “Gumdrop, it’s time for your bath”, she said.
From now on my sister and me would only answer to Dumplin’ and Gumdrop. We were no longer anyone’s Sweetie or Sunshine.
Copyright © 2014 Mia L. Hazlett