ask but she won’t answer me. We drop off the boys we had and head home. As I walk in the door, I see my family sporadically sitting everywhere. I walk in slowly and sit down in between my sisters, I look at my dad who is sitting in his chair with his leg shaking. I know that something is definitely up because he looks mad. I look at my dad and say,” Dad, what is going on, did someone die?” He looks at me and says,” Today, your sister admitted that she was sexually assaulted by your grandfather.” You know how in movies where people can not hear anyone around them and just blur out any emotion, that is what happened to me. I walk downstairs, I walk over to my metal closet and I punched it. After every punch I threw, I kept on thinking I
Oto 2 knew something was going on and all the things my grandfather had done for me. That is the man who taught me how to shoot a gun, taught me how to be a mason , and this was the man who had my back through anything. I eventually collapsed into my sisters arms saying, “ I won’t let anyone every touch you again.” I became a protector that day, I had a reason to fight to be better, I needed to be the best I could possibly be for my family. My pain turned me into the best person of god and the best athlete I could be. I had a reason to do better and greater things because of what happened. I lost that entire side of my family because of him, I never went to my nonni’s funeral because of him, but this problem gave me a reason to look at who I have now. My family and I have never been stronger since that day; the bond that we all have will last and continue forever. From the many poker nights and movie nights we all have, it makes life so much more simple and life more beautiful than ever. In our life, we are filled with darkness but it is how we find that light at the end of the tunnel that defines us.
- Winter '20