Emmalene wanted her daddy to be like everyone else’s. She wanted her daddy to do, to fix her bike chain when it fell off rather than having to grab it on her own and slipping it back on the derailleur. To make money enough so their family didn’t have to live in one room of a boarding house where mommy and daddy slept in the big bed and she and Ricky slept together on a mattress next to the radiator that hissed in winter.
She wanted to feel proud of her daddy, like the boy on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father felt about his daddy. Nick has potential, she heard Mommy say on the phone to Aunt Lisa. A whiz at electronics, he also had a gift for talking his way into any new job he set his sights on. Keeping the job was a different matter. A
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