No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. I feel their eyes boring into me. Appetite and hunger are different. Excerpted from Sickened by Julie Gregory Copyright© 2003 by Julie Gregory. I do not know what I am doing.
On Christmas morning, Julie's mom screeched through their trailer. Our living room was outfitted with an early imitation-wagon-wheel velour sofa set, and Jesus hung against the burnt-orange velvet wallpaper, which had been pasted over wood paneling, so that the grooves showed through as darkened, hollow stripes. Predominantly physical signs and symptoms 3. It was right there, just always right there before us, waiting to be sussed out, and then it would all make sense. Ah, yes, let me count your cracks.
My mother, Sandy Sue Smith, was married off by her mother at the tender age of seventeen to a man in his fifties named Smokey, who kept a carnival act on the edge of town. Sometimes Barr would stop altogether, standing in an empty field. Is it when my eyes hurt? They convinced their child that matches were a treats to eat, like lollipops. At 24, she decides to take classes at a community college, even though she has not received a high school diploma. Sickened is a remarkable memoir that speaks in an original and distinctive Midwestern voice, rising to indelible scenes in prose of scathing beauty and fierce humor. The nurse picks up a new blue-handled blade and runs it neatly down my sternum, slicing out another clean, pink row. Sickened takes us to new places in the human heart and spirit.
I wear the strap over my shoulder, and while my seventh-grade life ticks away, so do the heartbeats that go with it, right into the box. She twists a hunk of my leg and breathes mean in my ear. A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor's examining table, missing yet another day of school. He takes her to remote fishing holes with tall grass and the occasional fisherman who looks the other way. I feel what they're thinking: Watch her, she could go off anytime. There is scarcely ever food in the house. My Father's Keeper by Julie Gregory - Goodreads Title: My Father's Keeper Series: - Author: Julie Gregory Genre: True Story Rating: 3 stars Based on a true story, we are given the chance to see inside the lives of others, and for a little while experience what Julie Gregory experienced.
I see the text before me: exactly what I mean to convey, in its purest form—indents of paragraphs, brushstrokes of feeling. To her horror, she finds the adoptive little girl being abused the same way she was. This quote is important because it shows how big of an impact Julie's parents had on her. She leans over like she's telling me a secret, keeping her face relaxed. What is so bad about wanting to tell them? Julie's mother begins slipping her little white pills to make her headaches worse Julie's little brother, Danny, is born Julie broke her arm in 4th grade Julie and her family move to the country to escape the scrutiny of neighbors Julie's doctors appointments continue, taking her out of a good portion of her school days. This child will not ruin her plans.
Julie adores the hospital because she gets fed and can rest Julie is forced to get a nose job during her freshman year of high school Julie gets set up with a 31-year old man when she turns 16. She starts to fall behind in school Julie's parents start housing veterans and foster children to earn money Julie goes through a series of heart tests and her mother insists that she have open heart surgery, despite the fact that her doctors deem it unnecessary. Julie's house gets completely burned to the ground. Predominantly psychological signs and symptoms 2. It was everything rolled into one, bleeding together with so many indistinguishable layers that to get to the root of it was impossible, like peeling off every transparent layer of an onion, and when I got old enough to peel the onion myself, every layer made me cry. She recognizes this behavior as reminiscent of her mother, and knows that she must learn to control it: My rage is unstoppable. Sickened is a remarkable memoir that speaks in an original and distinctive Midwestern voice, rising to indelible scenes in prose of scathing beauty and fierce humor.
Off she goes with a man. Julie's mother was so deep into her disorder that she'd go from doctor to doctor, soliciting tests and exams for her daughter. She buys her own apartment. I have no sparks between these plugs. The father ignores the family, keeps his attention on a gun collection stashed throughout the house. I read Sickened and When Rabbit Howls back to back, and thus plummeted headlong into the realms of extreme child abuse. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing.
The father with the guns is replaced one day by another gun-toting father—only this time with a badge. The essence of God is everywhere. I lunge toward them, and Mom screams swollow her me. In a psychology class, she learns about Munchausen by Proxy. She was highly anemic and blind with toxemia at the time of my birth—the result, she explained, of high blood pressure cutting off the circulation to her eyes. I am flushed with the beauty of it. I am meticulous and merciless.
I start to see in the mirror what it is I really look like, instead of what I was trained from the womb to see. A cracked companion makes me look more whole, gives me something outside myself to care for. Sometimes the sounds of his retching would come out the mouths of those elusive figures in my dreams, the worlds between sleep and wake merging seamlessly for a few groggy moments. Once she got out, she had no idea of what to do except to trap herself again. I want to beat them with the flyswatter. She was not allowed to free her thoughts, as they were confined to the inside of her skull.