So a lot of you have heard how I talk about my dad. He's an amazing man who takes care of a wife many would abandon considering she was stricken with a severe case of dementia so young (started in her late forties). He's a great man. But a long time ago he made a stupid parenting mistake. And it makes me laugh today. When I was four years old my mom was at a conference out of state. My dad was taking care of me and my six year old sister. He was going to go to Tulsa, which was at the time where we lived, two and a half hours away. I told him I didn't want to go. Apparently, I said it over and over again because he left me at home. From 3pm to midnight. Yes, four years old.
Looking back, he can't believe he did that. He was 29 at the time, which is old enough to know better. I think it's funny because I can still remember sitting in the living room, watching the same channel for hours because I was too afraid to get up and turn the channel on the television. We didn't live in the best neighborhood, so I just tried to sit in the corner chair and concentrate on what was on TV. Years later I remembered the plot of the TV movie and wrote in to a paper to see if they could identify it. They said it was called Sweet Hostage and starred Martin Sheen and Linda Blair.
As you can imagine, when my mom got home days later and I told her what happened, she was furious with my dad.