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March 18, 2017

Family secrets

Filed under: Backwords from Ace — Ace Backwords @ 8:58 pm
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 Guns and alcohol. What a GREAT combination!!

My mother’s father — who was a Native American Indian — used to go berzerk when he drank whiskey. He’d rampage through their house with his shotgun threatening to kill the entire family. My mother’s mother would lock the whole family in the bedroom and they’d be hiding under the bed, listening to him rampaging through the house, smashing things up and cursing and yelling. Finally, he’d pass out. And they could come out of the bedroom.

Then one day he went off into the New Hampshire mountains by himself with his shotgun and blew his brains out.

At least that’s what my mother always used to tell me as a kid.

Then, a couple years ago, I was talking to my Mom about that incident. And my mother said:

“No, that never happened. My father never committed suicide. I never told you that.”

“What happened was, my father was having an affair with another man’s wife. So the guy shot him and killed him. Shot my father in the back outside of a bar. It never went to trial because back then, if you were messing with another man’s wife? They felt you deserved to be shot.”

But that’s what it was always like in my family. Nothing was ever as it seemed. And the officially-told version of all the family stories, usually turned out to be not true.

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