Felicia Wilfred Johnson is the oldest child of Pete and Sarah. From the moment she was born, she didn’t give her parents any trouble. She barely cried, slept through the night, and seemed to “use” the bathroom at the most convenient of times and with very little smell. Pete and Sarah doted on her. Of course, as more children were born, this meant that time had to be divided amongst the brood. She didn’t complain. Just accepted the situation.
As Felicia grew into a beautiful, young woman, her parents had insinuated what college to attend, who she should date, and what she should do with her life and in what timeframe. Felicia felt the pressure, but never said anything because she did not want to disappoint her parents. She was unhappy, but thought her parents knew best. At the age of 43, all of that changed.
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Kach Wilfred is the middle child and only son in the Wilfred family. Growing up he had to battle his sisters for toys, bathroom time, and attention. Being the only boy, one would think Kach was treated special or even spoiled. Well, think again. Life for Kach was quite the opposite – or at least in his eyes. Whenever his father noticed he was spending a lot of time around his mother and sisters, he’d yell derogatory phrases at Kach like “Get from around there. Do you want to grow up to be a sissy?” and “I guess you’ll be knitting and starting your period too.” Kach felt self-conscious and only hung around his female relatives when his father was not around, which was often. Since Pete Wilfred owned his own business, his time with the family was limited. But he tried to make dinner every night, and have family time after church on Sundays. He kept his word on most occasions, but there were times when he missed a dinner here or there because of something urgent. Continue reading “Cold, Hard Kach”
The Wilfred family was known for their chain of grocery stores from cities to small towns in southwestern Virginia. The chain’s claim to fame was favorable deals with farmers for fresh meats and produce at prices that were affordable to customers. Their initial catchphrase was “food so fresh you’d think you were in the farmer’s garden”. Years later it would be changed to a shorter version – “fresh from the farmer’s yard to your table”.
The patriarch and head of the business, Peter, passed away 10 years ago – leaving a trail of chaos from the business to the family. It would be the family end that caused the most trouble, separating siblings, Felicia, Kach, and Monica like oil and water. The disagreement began with who should run the business after Peter passed away. Then it was about how to deal with the mounting debt Peter had with the business. And when the company went belly up, fault was passed around along with hurtful comments and insults about issues so personal, they won’t be included here. Continue reading “A Thanksgiving Narrative”