Family Portrait

Family Portrait

I had a hard time fitting in with other people. Maybe it’s because I had bad experiences with them. I was a troubled individual. I challenge authority. I don’t want to be tied to one place for long periods.

I don’t want to be bullied around and told what to do. I relieve myself anywhere I want just like an animal. Whenever people see me, they knew I was trouble.

I lost hope and even wanted to be put down at one point.

Then came in Keith, he is this happy-go-lucky guy who didn’t care about anything. The first time I saw him I didn’t even want to approach him because he had this weird smell, but it is a good weird at the same time. He was interested in me so he inquired how to get me released from jail. He talked to the guard and a short period after, he was signing my release papers.

I became a skeptic and mustered all my power just to be a little bit behave. He had this gentle look in his eyes when he approached me.

He asked me to go to his car and he guided me to it. I sat in the passenger seat. We drove for about thirty minutes. We pulled up to this nice little house on the hill. It had this weird vibe that Keith is radiating. He parked the car and opened the door for me. I slowly got out of the car and cautiously walked towards the door. I hoped and I prayed that this time it would be different.

The door opened and a girl caught my attention. She had this kind look that I never saw before. She asked Keith, “Dad, can I hug him?” Keith answered, “Sure sweetie. He was behaved and well-mannered during the trip.” I considered running because I was too nervous about getting a hug from a stranger. I froze there and Katie just hugged me.

Again, I felt this weird feeling.

She hugged me tight that I can smell cookies from her sweater. Another girl, or should I say a lady, walked towards us and smiled. Keith said, “Marianne, I think we have a winner.” Then they both just smiled. This weird feeling, I was feeling all the way from jail, I never felt it before. This feeling made me so happy for the first time. I never thought that I could belong, that I could be loved. I wagged my tail and just smiled.

Yeah, I think I fell in love for the first time.

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