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"Broccoli and Cheese"

I don't remember much from my childhood
But one memory stands out

When my parents separated
And my father had his last dinner at our house
I remember his words:
This is my last meal with all of you"

Yet, there would be weddings
And birthdays
And other special occasions
But we didn't correct him

I was young then
Not yet old enough
To fully grasp what was going on
But I knew enough
I knew my father wouldn't be around anymore
But I don't remember being sad

It must have been the most silent meal
That I have ever eaten
Even the eating was quiet
Not one of them said a word
So neither did I

I just sat there
Prodding my dinner with a fork
Broccoli with cheese
Which I hated
My mother had the impression that I loved it
But only because it always disappeared

I don't remember them finishing
I don't even remember my father leaving
All I remember
Is being the last at the dinner table
Still poking at my dinner
And my sister coming in
And when the coast was clear
Relieving me of my dinner
And emptying it into the garbage disposal

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