I slammed the door on my way out of the house and fast walked as fast as I could out of there. I could here my dad calling my name over and over for me come back, but I ignored him. There was no way in hell that I was about to turn around and face both of parents again after that mess.
I totally blew up on both of them, but I didn’t care this was a disaster incoming and neither seemed willing to comprise on a solution. Before, I realized it I had somehow made my way into the park. I could see the glistening water from the lake in the distance and the footsteps of nearby joggers and cyclists enjoying their workout while taking in the view and fresh air.
Usually, I come here to clear my mind because it’s the quietest place I can think of. Naturally, over time I would find myself here whenever I had something on my mind or needed some peace and quiet. There’s no way I can get any sort of peace at home.
Not with all of those kids running around all the time plus work and school.
I rarely had time for myself and coming to places like this was my only sanctuary from the constant madness that I faced at home. But it looks like I won’t even be able to enjoy even that if neither my parents nor I can find a way out of current problem and fast.
Knowing I had to get someone’s advice, I decided to call my best friend, Claire. We’ve been friends since freshman year in high school and is one of the only people outside if the family that knows how bad my family’s financial situation was. But it never bothered her nor did she ever make fun of me like some people in the past. Claire would always have that bright smile that could light up the darkest room and would invite me over to her house for sleepovers often.
Eventually, I found unoccupied bench and sat there as I took out my phone to call her. After, a couple of rings she answered with a super excited,” Hello? Lonnie?” She asked.
I couldn’t help the small smile that appeared on my face as I heard her voice as I replied,” Hi Claire, it’s me. I know its kind of sudden, but do you have a moment because I really need to talk to you right now?”
Her knowing that I don’t do this often she knew that something was off and asked me where I was. When told her that she didn’t have to come see me, she cut me off and asked where I was again. I told her where I was and she said that she’s not too far from where she’s at and will meet me there.
Before, I could argue she hung up on me. Now, here I am waiting for her on a park bench while taking in the view and enjoying the gentle breeze on my face. After, ten minutes of waiting I started to close my eyes and relax as much as possible and tried to not to think about what was probably happening at home right now.
A girl’s voice cut through my dream like haze,” Oh, there you are! I finally found you.”
Opening my eyes, I looked over in the direction of where I heard the voice. Claire was wearing very casual clothes, but I noticed that if you looked hard enough you could tell she was wearing expensive brands. Now I wouldn’t think that was weird except for the fact that her family isn’t exactly rich either. But, compared to mine she and her family were well off in comparison.
I’m super curious how she could afford such things when I know for a fact that she doesn’t work. But I don’t want to be rude and ask. Maybe, she’s been saving money like I’ve been. Then again in order to save money, you need to have a job. My head was starting to hurt from my thoughts going around in circles.
Once again, her voice cut through my thoughts,” So, are you going to stare at me all day or you going to give me a hug?” She asked, jokingly.
I felt my face heat up when I realized that I have been caught staring. “Y-Yeah, of course I am.” I said in a rush and got up quickly to give her a quick hug.
She laughed at my reaction and we both settled on the bench.
“Okay, now spill! You sounded super depressed; more than usual, I mean. I knew that as your best friend I needed to come see you, pronto. So, what happened?” Claire asked.
“Well…you know I don’t like to complain about my parent’s struggling with the bills...” I trailed off, not knowing how to say this without going into a angry rant.
“Yeah, but…?” She encouraged me to continue.
I let out a deep sigh and said,” Well, what happened was…my parents just told me today that my dad got laid off from his job.”
Claire gasped. “Oh no, poor Mr. Heart. Do you know why he got fired? When did this happen, today?”
I shook my head. “No, today they broke the news to me and only me because they don’t want to upset my siblings, but he’s been unemployed since last week. But, that’s not even the worst part.” I said. Feeling my bottled-up anger and anxiety rise up within me.
Claire crooked her head to the side, looking confused. “What can be worse than your dad losing his job? Oh no, did they both lose their jobs? Are their loan sharks circling your house or something?” She shot off question after question trying to guess what else had happened.
“I kind of wish that was the case, but no. They thought it was good idea to not only tell me that, but to mention that mom is pregnant again and the bank is pretty much threatening them to either start paying at least the minimum payments on the mortgage or it’ll go into foreclosure.” I said. After, saying that I put my face in my hands; completely devastated now that the news has finally sunken in.
What am I going to do?