Special Gathering Stories

Books and articles written for and by the mentally challenged community

The Elder Son–Chapter 13

By E. Williams

This book began on June 24.  You will want to go there to begin reading.

By the time I got to school I knew what I was going to do.  “Can I stay with you tonight, Mary Beth?  My folks are going out of town.”

“you mean they’ll miss the concert and your solo?  That’s too bad, Mina.  Is it because of Janet?”

“Who else?”  I said, bitterly.  “She’s the only one who counts with them.  They don’t care about what I do.”

“I think you’re wrong,” Mary Beth said slowly.  “But you know I’ll be happy to have yu stay, and so will my mom Maybe you ought to talk to her about this.”

I shook my head.  Mary Beth’s mother was my Sunday school teacher, and she really cared about everyone in my class.  She’d helped me handle problems before, but I didn’t want anyone to know about the bitter feelings I had toward my family now.

I wouldn’t talk to Mom when I stopped in to get my band uniform and night things after school.  I got a dress for Sunday school, too, and one for school on Monday morning.  I supposed I would have to come home sometimes, but I would stay with Mary Beth as long as her folks would keep me.

Mom called me Saturday morning.  “How was the concert, Honey?” she asked.

“Fine,” I said.

“Janet’s here.  Would like to say hello to her?”


There was a pause.  “When are you coming home, Nina?

“Not until I have to.”


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