Father owned Liquor stores. He lived in them. Rarely was he home. He was either at one of his stores or he was Gambling. Most everyday Father would drive us to school. If he wasn't home then we walked. That was usually all we would see of him. Except Sundays. Sunday's were for Mother's breakfast and then Church.
One night while closing up one of his stores he was murdered. Hit on the head with a lead pipe and robbed. The police never found the killer. Mother died that night also. Oh she was still alive but it would be some time before she would begin living again. Mother five children no Father no Husband. It was Tragic.
Mother loved younger men. She had no time for any man over 40! She could of re-married any number of older men but that wasn't what Mother wanted. Mother wanted Youth. I was always very aware that the men she preferred to date always had a tad more interest in me than they should have. This excited me. I often wondered why Mother dated this type of men. I now know that she dated them not for love or sex. She wanted to steal from these men their greatest treasure. Youth. I do believe than you can retain some of your youth just by surrounding yourself with it but it is really impossible to steal it from another. Still Mother tried. Always with Gay men. Looking back I think maybe she did this for me.