Dream of: 27 September 2004 (2) "Family Pictures"

I was in the House in Patriot, busily shuffling back and forth between the House and my father's car which was parked out front, loading the trunk with my possessions. I had been living in Ohio, but was now planning to haul all my belongings back to Texas, and my father was going to drive me there. My mother, my sister, and my brother Chris intended to go with us. 

I had just carried out a load and had returned to the living room, when my father (about 40 years old) stepped up on the front porch and kicked a package from the porch floor into the living room. I recognized the package as containing some family pictures. Obviously my father was angry about the pictures; he stepped into the room and demanded to know why I was taking them.

I stood in front of him and told him that I wasn't taking the pictures, that he was the one who had pulled the package out of storage -- not I.

Obviously enraged, he looked as if he intended to strike me. I was afraid, but I suddenly knew I would no longer tolerate his abuse. I now knew it was against the law for him to hit me and I blurted, "If you hit me, I'll call the police."

I had thought about saying, "If you hit me, I'll have you arrested." I also thought I could have him arrested if he hit anyone else in the family.

He was fuming and he didn't seem to know what to do. He could tell I wasn't bluffing. I waited for him to strike, but I thought he was going to back off. 

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