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Alice told a counselor she had been molested by Sheldon. She never intended to tell anyone – not after the experience with her mom.
Life hasn’t been easier for her since. She got married while Sheldon was in prison, but she had trouble being intimate with her husband because images of her childhood abuse flashed to mind. “There were some days I would feel uncomfortable having sex,” she said. “He would ask what was wrong. I didn’t tell him.”
Several years ago, her only child, an infant son, died unexpectedly of an illness after suffering from a long and nagging cold, Alice told me.
“I imagine how tall my son would be. I just imagine he’s going to school.”
Then, less than two years later, her husband drowned in a river when their boat sank. She was on the boat, too, and she threw him a gas container in hopes he could use it to float to shore. “I heard him say, ‘I can’t swim anymore,'” she said.
It was around that time that Sheldon was released from prison.
When Alice’s mom, Ruth, decided to let Sheldon back into their lives, she made sure he understood how much pain he had caused their family. She met Sheldon not at the airstrip but on their frozen driveway. As Sheldon recalls it, she pointed to the shed beside her home and told him that this is what he had done – that the torn-up building was a visual manifestation of the invisible wreckage inside them all.
Sheldon looked over at the shed: Broken windows, a door off its hinges.
A violent couple had rented it, Ruth told me, and destroyed it.
“I hope you see what you’ve done to us here,” Sheldon recalls Ruth saying.
“And she left me there.”
I couldn’t help being alarmed when Sheldon told me about the ammonia.