The Nightmares had been Erased.....Until The
Call Came Late One Night
Part 17 of the Judy Tomaini Rock
The time went by too fast... 1 year
turned into 2, and then 3. Louise never once called, or ask about
The family had settled into a daily routine, and were the perfect
family. More than Jeanie or Al could have hoped for. Mickey was so
happy with the new family, as he was getting the attention he
never had before. The 3 years, had erased the nightmares, and
fears that had haunted him that first year. He was now a normal,
healthy, much loved little boy.
The call came late one night, which
usually caused a racing heart, because at night it was an
emergency of some sort. Louise was telling Al, she was married
now, and wanted her child back. Even though Al protested, and had
another Italian confrontation with her, she said she would be
there in the morning, so have him, and his belongings ready to go.
Jeanie cried all night. Three years is a long time. And it would
be like he died, or dropped off the face of the earth. When she
arrived early the next morning, it was heart breaking for Jeanie
and Al. Louise was quite cool. When Al packed the trunk of her car
full of his things, and the overflow into the back seat, she asked
him, "is that all"??? It was a far cry from what she had left him
Jeanie and Al died a little that day.
Judy had to be taken to a doctor, as she wouldn't eat, and cried
nonstop for days. She was finally sedated to calm her. Her
nightmares, began at that time. She was very unstable, for years
after he was taken away. And the bears under the bed, were
replaced by people killing her little brother. She saw the big
heavy woman taking him away, and him screaming and reaching, for
his Mama and Daddy. And she was too young to ever understand, why
he was taken, and since they never heard from Louise after that,
Judy just thought the worst, that she had killed him. Children's
minds, are very prone to imagination at that age, and the
nightmares continued. And grew into night terrors, that never left
her. She grew to be reclusive, and never again trusted any of the
extended family, on her Fathers side of the family.
Al poured himself into work and tried to block out the pain, of
losing his son from years before, and the one he just lost. Jeanie
on the other hand, just did a lot of sewing, and suffered in
silence. Mickey, was only spoken of by Judy. And then Jeanie would
tell her, he was just living somewhere else, and had to stay where
he was. It was a very hard thing, to explain to a 4 year old
child, who was afraid everyday, that she would be stolen away too.
The following couple of years were
hard ones on Judy, and the nights were still very hard, for her to
make it through. And soon, she would be starting school. That was
a real test of faith, as she was never away from Jeanie, for even
an hour, since she was born. The insecurity, and fear of being
taken away, grew worse every day. She didn't want anyone but
Jeanie and Al to touch her, and if a stranger even brushed against
her, when she would be shopping with Jeanie, it would bring on a
major panic attack, and she would be reduced to tears. The doctor
couldn't offer any help, as the medication, could only be used for
a short time. So he told them, love and caring parents that they
were, it could only be given time to heal. He didn't tell them,
that the time would possibly be endless.
School was a real challenge for her.
She was a very smart child, and well at the head of her class.
After the first week of fear, she settled in to the routine. But
still never wanted to be touched, or to be too close to anyone.
Like she built walls around her, when ever she would start to open
up to anyone. Then retreat back into her self. Adults never know
the mental damage they can do to children, during the young
learning years. Their minds are like little sponges, soaking up
information, they may not need till many years later. And the bad
along with the good, is put in storage. Only to be dredged up,
years down the road. In the manifestation of something else.
That first year of school, evened out
and she made all good grades. Might have been because, she had
already learned to read, and count, and the other little things,
that were taught in the first grade. Jeanie would continue
teaching her, like she had during jumps from one town to the
other. And make a point, of
telling her about the different towns and states they were in, or
traveled through. When the school days would cut the season short,
there wasn't much traveling, only on vacations. They would go to
Colorado, where Jeanie's father lived, with one of the many
"grandmothers" Judy had over the years. The trips to Indiana were
much more fun for her, as there were many cousins, and things to
do. Her all time favorites, were her Uncle Don's kids, and they
were Jeanie's favorites too. She and Don had been very close
growing up, and it continued, till his death many years later...
His wife Bea, had died a very early death, leaving Don to raise
his three children alone. Ruthann, was always such a sweet girl,
and always eager to please. Gene, was the quiet one like his Dad,
and in later years looked like him too. Now Steve, he was the wild
child, like Judy in later years. Always in trouble over something.
Partners in crime.
The New Jersey relatives, were a
different story. They were real close to New York City, and the
era of the mob was strong. Al's father was a Don in Italy, and it
came with him when he moved to Jersey. Several of Al's brothers,
were following in the fathers foot steps. And their sons after
them. Al was the different one. In stature, and in morals. He was
a giver not a taker, and would never intentionally hurt, anyone or
anything, so that is part of the reason, to relocate to Florida
years earlier. And was building his families future, on the banks
of the Alafia River, in what would become known as Showtown USA...
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