Asking Patricia

When I was a young boy of 11, my parents and younger brother went on a business trip to a city some 500 miles from our home. Because I was still in school, I needed to stay at home for the two weeks my family was away.

I was to be babysat by a neighbour who I had a young childhood crush on. Her name was Patricia and I was in love with her. On the day my parents and brother were leaving, I had been particularly obnoxious, creating all kinds of grief for mom. Dad left the care and discipline of the kids up to mom.

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