(Reclines on the Wabbits couch and continues after nibbling a cucumber sandwich.)
Sometimes we would get a package from my real Mom. Once it had kewpie dolls with powder that my sister and I could put on our dressing table. They looked just like this:
Another time the package had a little pink round powder box with it's own puff. Mine had a sunflower design on the lid. We felt very girlish with these items on our previously bare topped table. One day I came home from first grade and Lori had been in our room. My new Mom, Betty was talking on the porch with one of my Dad's best friends. I came back out to the porch crying and told her Lori had spilled all of my powder from my real Mom. She shushed me away. I bit Lori really hard on her arm and made her cry, but I told Betty I didn't know who did it. Then I felt really bad and sat with Lori to watch cartoons. I held her hand.
Dad talked a lot on the phone. He had a desk in his and Betty's room that was green metal and always covered with important papers he couldn't find. When he was talking on the phone it was very serious and we all had to be quiet. One day I forgot to be quiet and when my Dad got off of the phone he came into the living room and yelled at me and grabbed my arm real tight and spanked me. His face was red. That was the only spanking my Dad ever gave me. I know he felt bad after he did it even though he didn't say so.
The hall between the kitchen, living room and which led to Dad and Betty's room, had a mustard yellow colored grate about two feet square in the floor. It had something to do with the heat and we were told not to drop things into it or it would cause a fire. My brother liked to drop stuff on purpose and lay there and wait for it to catch fire. It never did, but he scared me.
When Dad was gone to a horse sale or something, Betty had to feed all of the horses. Sometimes she would turn on the hose to fill the large water tank and forget to turn it off. After dark she would remember and ask my brother to go turn it off. He would refuse to do it cause he was afraid of the dark. He was very afraid of the dark all of the time. Betty would make him go anyway. One time he just hid behind the mullberry tree and waited until he thought the time was right and then he came back in. The next day there was a bunch of water around the tank that made a mess when the horses stepped in it and he got a spanking from Betty.