It wasn’t until third grade that my friend Denise told me her mother put her in the hall closet when she asked questions. In fact, she was pushed in even when she talked to her doll.
Father followed dinner with punching bag sessions in the basement. Brother played drums – and taunted him. Mother spoke with "the slamming of kitchen cupboard doors.”
It gets worse, much worse yet, with a radiologist father’s actions that leave Dave mute, yet there’s redemption in his engrossing book, Stitches A Memoir and it begins with a psychiatrist who does speak to him and speaks the truth.
Some pages are laugh out loud funny.
Ironically, Small became a children's book illustrator.
One hard-learned yet worthwhile life lesson:
Don’t let somebody else determine your behavior – or your life.