I still remember the day my mom left my dad and moved out for good. It was Friday, August the thirteenth, in the year of our lord, nineteen hundred and ninety-three. I know this because it was the day that “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” was released in theaters.
It was quite the scene in our little cookie cutter home that day. My mom was crying and packing clothes into her bag, while my dad was following her around the house and yelling about how she couldn’t have this or that, because it was his and he paid for it. I sat crying in my room until my mom came in and said she would be staying at my aunts’ house for a little while, and that I could call her there if I needed anything. Before she left, I wanted to give her something valuable, something she could look at and remember me by. I gave her my most prized possession at the time, my 1992 Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez rookie card.
My dad decided to take me to the movies, I guess to try and get my mind off of what just went down. It was probably the single greatest movie experience a little boy ever had. Because my parents had just split that day, I was not only able to use that as leverage to getting my dad to let me see “Jason Goes to Hell” but I also got candy, popcorn, soda. The works! I realized at that instant being the product of a broken home wasn’t going to be that bad.
After the movie my dad took me to my grandparents’ house. They sat me down and asked me all these questions about my mom, and if I knew the other man she was seeing. It sucked. I sat there crying, admitting to knowing about it, and listening to them say all these horrible things about my mom. I never wanted to go home so bad in my entire life, I just wanted out of there.
When my dad and I finally got back home that night, we noticed right away that more than a few things were missing. The living room was practically empty, void of any furniture or television. My mom had moved all the stuff out while we were at the movies.
When I woke up the next day I wasn’t really mad that I couldn’t watch Saturday morning cartoons, just real disappointed.