you kids? Did you change since we last saw you?” Kathy asked.
As the four months
pass quickly, our Aunt and sister visited twice, once when it was just them,
the second time with our mom. The visits were fun, the first time we went to a
movie theater and the second we went to Applebee’s. The girls and I got to know
my aunt and sister better, saying we already knew our mom. Besides the visits,
we started school and would attend Anoka Middle School for only two months.
Halloween was fun, and also was our last night in Minnesota. I definitely
At nine we
resigned to trick-or-treating and went to a friend’s house of ours. They gave
us candy to put in our bags and we gave them hugs as goodbyes. We said we were
so thankful for each other, no matter what. They were all so . . . nice. I
would say that without hesitation. In fact, two days ago we went over to their
house to have a nice cooked, delicious dinner.
“’Yes,” I said. “I am
happier.” My sisters said the same thing.
“How are you?” Kathy asked
“I’m very busy, thanks for
asking, Kathy,” Aunty said. “How are you?”
“I’m fine. Are you busy
“I wish I didn’t.”
“It’s as big as the sun,
Deborah. Now let me tell you guys the news before the world commits suicide—no
comments yet, kids. Last month, Kathy and I flew over to Denver to meet your
aunt and older sister. You remember when they visited, right?”
“Kelly, how big is the news? “Deborah,
my twin sister asked.
“Of course,” I replied. “Why
would we forget?”
“Okay kids, let’s get to the
point of why Kathy and I came here to visit,” Kelly said to my sisters and me.
“We got big news that will change your lives forever. We told Aunty and your
father and other people who have some big part to your lives, too. You just
haven’t heard because everyone we told we asked not to tell you. So the big
“Very busy, Kathy, you know
“Well, we met them for a week, and we had such
a great time. Most of our time was discussing you guys and I remembered how happy
you guys looked with your aunt and sister. That was when the idea came from
Kathy: you guys should move to Colorado to live with your aunt and sister.”
“What?” My sisters and I
chorused at the same time.
“You’re moving to Colorado.
The words can’t get as easy as that.”
That’s when rain started
pouring on the windows as silence occupied the room. No one said anything and
the only thing that disrupted us was the roar of thunder. Lightning flashed in
the sky. Deborah broke the silence.
“I don’t want to move to
Colorado, Kelly. I want to stay here in Minnesota, with Aunty.”
“I want to stay here in
Minnesota with Aunty!” Jeru, my little sister said. “I don’t want to move.”
“Well two people aren’t
onboard with the idea,” Kelly said. “Do you want to move, Barnabas?”
I stopped looking at the blood
red carpet, and looked up at Kathy, Kelly, and then Aunty. I’m really quiet the
way I am when I’m stuck in bad situations like these. I look up again and I
finally say, “I want to move to Colorado, but another part of me wants to stay
here with Aunty.”
“Do you girls mean what your
brother is saying?” Kathy asked.
“Well, I’m somewhere along on
those lines,” my little sister said. “I do kind of want to move to Colorado,
but I don’t want to leave Aunty and everything else I really care about in
“I don’t want to move!” My
twin sister yelled. “I don’t want to leave Minnesota! And I definitely don’t
want to leave Aunty!” She was crying and her hair was everywhere on her face.
Her nostrils were flaring and she was a mad lion that’s cubs have been messed
there was a moment of silence, but this time it was shorter. The rain that was
bullets pattered against the window and the thunder and lightning kept roaring
and flashing. Kelly, this time, broke the silence.
“Deborah,” she said as she
gave her a bear hug. “I know moving isn’t what you want, but it’s an essential
in life. It’s a thing that needs to happen, or you won’t get pass life. It
happens to everyone, believe it or not. I know you probably heard this multiple
times, but moving is a good thing, not a bad. Keep that in mind for later.”
and Kathy left and we all exchanged “goodbyes” and “be careful”. If we haven’t
met them, I don’t know how I would’ve have made it so far. They protected us
and so did Aunty. Frankly, I hate when the rain jumps from the clouds and fall
to wherever; it hurts more than their selves.
My sister’s best friend, Andrea came by our house to get me
and my sister (my twin sister) and we went trick-or-treating. We left the house
around six, with not the best clothing selection. It was a night where ice
creeps up on the window and colonizes it. We spent half of the night
complaining while we trick or treated. We made jokes and laughed at the people
who gave us the evil eye when we passed their houses.