"Master of Zoul Looks back in Time"
During second period math class, the PA comes on. I hear "David Higgins
to the office for an early dismissal, Please". Being as I was only in
the second grade, I rushed to the office, only to see my God Mother
waiting for me. She tells me that we have to go pick up my other two
brothers at pre-school. I asked her why, but, she only responded with
"I'll explain later". So I followed her to the car and hopped in. We
rushed to Mitzpah, where the pre-school my brothers were in was. We
picked up my two younger brothers and rushed to my God Mothers home in
My God Mother then explained that my father would not be home for a
while, being as he was rushing to Cooper Hospital to see my mother. At
this point in time, being of such a young age, I started to block out a
lot of what she was telling us all. I only remember a little bit of that
period of time because of my memory block.
When my father had come home from the hospital, he told us all that our
mother had been envlolved in a serious car accident, and that sh
wouldn't be home for a few weeks. I don't remember very much after that,
except for the fact that the period of time my mother was in the
hospital fell on her birthday. So, all of the family, except me, sat
down next to the stereo. My father plugged in a microphone, popped in a
blank cassestte and hit record. Each one of the children started to sing
"Happy Birthday", then ended with a personal message. My father then
recorded his message. I was in so much shock and horror that I didn't
want to record anything. I was under the belief that my mother wasn't
coming home at all.
My family kept trying to get me to record something, but, I refused.
After about a week or two of my mother being in the hospital, the whole
family got in the car, and went to visit her. Being as it was a very
large hospital, and alot of people were being brought in every so often.
We were not aloud to stay very long. We had to sign in, and then go
upstairs to the waiting room. My mother was in a special room, so we had
to wait for a nurse to bring her out to the waiting room.
We visited my mother and then went home. I can't remembr much about the
visit, except that it was very short. My mother then eventually came
home. She had to sleep downstairs in a special bed, because she couldn't
walk up the stairs. The accident had crushed her right ankle bone,
making it rather hard for her to walk. Actually, she wasn't able to get
out of bed for a long period of time. When she was finally able to get
out of the bed, she had to use a wheel chair.
Once she was able to leave the house, the family started to look for a
new place to live. We couldn't stay in the house we were living in
because of the damamge to my mothers ankle. She would never again be
able to walk up the steep stairs in the old house. We eventually found a
house in Landisville, were we currently reside. My mother did as much as
she could to get the house straightened up, with the help of a few very
I have learned to love my mother alot more, and cherish life for all it
is. The accident had left a small memory block. But, until this day, I
can remember sitting in class and hearing "David Higgins to the office
for an early dismissal, Please".
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