Angels Watching Over Me: Chapter 2 Part 7

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 30th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-8m5sei/
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Where we left off.

Carissa has started school, but she is alienated from the other children. She spends her time talking to her imaginary friend. The kids laugh at her because she talks funny.

In a world of her own

Katie-Ann noticed the difference, but since Carissa continually insisted everything was fine at school, she assumed her baby sister was simply growing up. In addition as she grew older, the child exhibited more and more of her father’s qualities. It was apparent Carissa, like Winn, favoured her father’s side of the family. On the other had, the house of chatty girls was the product of Mama’s genes. Katie-Ann did not know the transformation in her little sister was not natural, but self-imposed.

For the first few years of school, though her classmates no longer giggled at the way she spoke, which incidentally improved as time went on, she was still regarded as a social outcast. The child remained in a world of her own.

Katie-Ann noticed the difference, but since Carissa continually insisted everything was fine at school, she assumed her baby sister was simply growing up. In addition as she grew older, the child exhibited more and more of her father’s qualities. It was apparent Carissa, like Winn, favoured her father’s side of the family. On the other had, the house of chatty girls was the product of Mama’s genes. Katie-Ann did not know the transformation in her little sister was not natural, but self-imposed.

For the first few years of school, though her classmates no longer giggled at the way she spoke, which incidentally improved as time went on, she was still regarded as a social outcast. The child remained in a world of her own.

The children suspected she talked to herself. Some were afraid of her. Others dismissed her as “being weird.” Her imaginary friend remained until the end of the third grade and vowed one day to return. In the meantime Carissa was reassured by the fact that Honey was watching over her.

Papa visited in her dreams

Carissa was not the least bit surprised when she started to dream about her Papa. Somehow she knew that Honey had arranged for him to appear. She couldn’t explain it, but it was a feeling she had inside. Carissa welcomed these encounters with an open heart and she could now communicate with her beloved Papa. She once again felt secure. Even though she did not have any friends, visiting with Papa, through her dreams, made up for it. All that really mattered to her was that she was loved by all her family in this world and the next.

As far as the dreams themselves, they all began the same way. Papa stood in front of her with an enormous smile on his face offering his biggest catch of the day. Afterward, he took her boating. Other times he sat in his favourite chair in the living room in front of the old radio with his pipe in hand and slippers on his feet. Sometimes he didn’t say much. Just his commanding presence alone gave Carissa the confidence she needed to carry her through the day.


He coached on peer relationships prompted by her asking. However, more often than not, he told her to figure it out for herself. Papa said he felt bad because she lost both parents early in life. He often stated how he wished things could have been different. He wanted to live just long enough to see her grow up. He was sorry she never had a chance to know her Mama like she knew him. He reminded her how her Mama was a fine lady who loved her, even though she was too sick to show it. Papa assured her it was alright to love Katie-Ann like a mother. Katie-Ann did all the things Mama wanted to do, but couldn’t. She was truly her guardian angel here on earth.

Brushing off the secretary

“Baby girl, just look at how Katie-Ann protects you. Remember how she told that nosy old secretary, Mrs. Peterson, off. You know Mrs. Peterson was gonna see to it that the social workers come around.” He reminded her.

“Yes Papa I do remember. What would happen if the social workers come by?”

“You’d be taken away. They would have sent you to a foster home. “

“Oh no Papa. I couldn’t leave Katie-Ann. That just can’t happen.”

“Don’t worry child, a day will come when you’re all grow’d up and you will leave Cape Breton, but it will be on your own terms.”

“Not me, I will never, never leave Cape Breton. I am going to stay with Katie-Ann for ever and ever.”

Every dream ended with, “Don’t worry little one, I will keep you safe. No matter how hard life will be for you remember, I will always be there watching over you.”



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to be continued

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Book Review, Chick Lit, Dreams Of Dead Father, Dying Of A Stroke First Day At School, Imaginery Friend, Lonely Girl, School Yard, Sick Woman, Womens Rights

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar spirited
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Interesting read Carol, perhaps when parents do die young like this leaving children on their own, they are really always nearby like this too.

I would like to believe so.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Carol, thanks for sharing a great story.

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