1. Dad said he was going to the store and asked to take me along.
“Mom and dad divorced. They were still amicable. He said he was going to the store and asked to take me along. We lived in North Alabama, 15 miles south of TN. He took me to South Alabama to Atmore, where he had some cousins. Planned on keeping me. I was around 4. I told him I missed my mama. He called her, let me talk to her and brought me home.”
2. My father introduced his girlfriend to us by saying, ‘This is your new mother. You’ll never see your other mother again.’
“We were living in Isphahan, Iran, in 1960. My mom went on a long vacation in France that summer. When she was gone our father packed up me (10) and my other sister (12) and flew us to Madrid without telling us where we were going. (He was scary. We didn’t ask.) We were met in Madrid at the airport by a British woman, Pat, who my father introduced to us by saying, ‘This is your new mother. You’ll never see your other mother again.’
We then went to Majorca where Pat had a vacation house and met her three kids. Us five kids would go to the beach every day till one day when our father told us we had to tell Pat’s kids they were getting him as a new dad, adios old dad. Then we all left for England, those three kids went to their boarding school, and our dad put us in a different one (Hollington Park School for Young Ladies, no longer there).
Meanwhile my mom had got back to Isphahan to no one. She searched the house and found some discarded brochures for boarding schools in Europe. She wrote to churches in several countries and asked them to ask at local schools if we were there. Someone found us, my mom had the household packed up and shipped back to the States, and came and got us. I guess we were kidnapped for about four or five months.
The cherry on the sundae was that Pat managed to get hold of my dad’s inheritance that had been set aside as college funds for my three older siblings and me. My parents divorced, and Pat lost interest when she had the money.”
3. One morning at like 4am my dad broke into the house and took my brother and I from the Florida line to Seattle.
“My mother got a restraining order against my father after he tried to shoot my brother, her and I, so one morning at like 4am he broke into the house and took my brother and I from the Florida line to Seattle. There was a lot of sleeping in basements and avoiding people and being told my mother wasn’t around because she didn’t love us. At some point during the time he had us he apparently struck my half brothers wife while she was pregnant. Anyways, eventually the police discovered where he had us and took us out of the school he had put us in, but I’ve always been like “if you knew where we were and were he was working why the fuck did you wait like a month?” Anyways the judge wound up throwing the book at his crazy ass and he wasn’t allowed to see us again until we were 18.”