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Box of Crackers - 3. Chapter 3

Arriving at home, I noticed Bobby was quiet, as if he was thinking about something, I watched his face for any signs of emotions to get a clue to what he was thinking. “Bobby, bring your new clothes up and I’ll wash them. That'll get some of the chemicals out of them that the manufacturer uses to make them hold their shape.” He went down to his bedroom and brought up all of his clothes, it took him two trips. I separated them into whites and colors, the good clothes, pants, jacket and tie I gave him to take back to his room.

“Why don’t you play a game on your lap top until dinner time.”

“I don’t know how to set it up. I never had a lap top or computer. Some of my friends used their dads.”

“Ok, sit here and I’ll show you how to hook it up and then you can load in a game.”

He was a pretty fast learner and in no time, he was playing the game as if he was a pro. I could hear him mumble when he got to the next level or when he won a battle.

     

Fred rang me the next day, he got a hold of the school. They faxed him a copy of Bobby’s records which showed his address as well as his birth date. With this information, I could enroll him in a private school very close to my office. “Fred, are you going to contact his father?”

“Yes, I’ll do that for you but before I do, I’ll draw up two sets of documents, one he’ll need to sign and one I’ll get the judge to sign.”

One thing about the gay community, we were a close knit group. I knew I could count on Fred and the Judge, had a son who was in our group. I’ve had dinner at his house many times, and had even helped him with his income tax. He wasn’t a client, but when I was there, he’d ask me a question and I’d tell him how to fill out a form, or tell him what is allowable and what isn’t. He was a fair man, he loved his son and thereby accepted his son’s friends. I was very confident that Bobby would be my son and soon.

Dinner was left over pizza for Bobby and I ate the left over soup from last night. I watched Bobby eat, he seemed a mile away. “Bobby, what are you thinking about?”

“What’s going to happen to me? Are you going to take me back to my dad’s or put me out on the street.”

Bobby started to cry, my heart was breaking. “No Bobby, I’m not going to take you to your dad’s or put you out on the street. Mr. Laker is going to try and let me have custody of you. If he’s able to do it, you’ll stay here with me.”

Bobby looked at me for a moment and then the next thing I knew, he was in my lap crying. I pulled him close to me, “Shh everything will be all right.” He just kept hugging me as if I was saving his life and maybe in a way, I was.

That evening after dinner, we sat in the living room and watched TV for a while. Soon I noted Bobby drifting off to sleep. Being outside in the cold and then coming into a warm house always makes you a little sleepy. “If you’re sleepy, go and change into your pajamas and then come back and sit with me. If you fall asleep, I’ll put you to bed.”

I laughed as he dragged himself downstairs to his room. I waited for him to come back up and when he didn’t, I went down to check on him. He was in bed and fast asleep. I tucked him in, kissed his brow and went back upstairs. I certainly could get use to this.

Sunday, we took a walk to the park. There weren’t many people there, mostly kids on the swings. Normally in the summer, there were always games being played by the kids from the neighborhood. When we got to the pond, there were a few ducks. I took out the plastic bag that had slices of bread. “Bobby, take this bread and break it into small pieces and feed the ducks.”

He looked at me and then the bread, taking a slice began to break it and toss pieces onto the water. As soon as the ducks saw the water move and the bread floating, they were swimming over in a mad rush. Bobby was giggling at the ducks. Then they were all over him as he was dropping bread for them to eat. Some of them became a little aggressive, Bobby handled that situation by throwing the bread further away from himself. When he was all out of bread, the ducks seemed to know, and left.

“That was fun. Can we do that again?”

“Sure, next week-end we can do that again. I have to go to work tomorrow. Do you think you’ll be ok if you stay home by yourself while I’m at work?”

“Yes, what time do you go to work and come home?”

“I leave for work at seven in the morning and I leave my office at five. This means unless you get up with me in the morning, you’ll have to get your breakfast and your lunch. I’ll leave food for you, ok?”

He nodded his head yes. I’ll make sure I go over everything with him after dinner so he’ll feel confident to fix his own breakfast and lunch. We walked slowly back home and in so doing we passed Luigi’s. “Can we stop here for lunch?”

“Sure, if you want to. Maybe we can get a pizza to go, then you can have it tomorrow for lunch.” I just got a smile from that.

Luigi was glad to see us again. Looking at Bobby, “So you like my pizza.” Bobby just grinned and nodded. We sat down at a table close to the window, Jimmy came over to get our drink order, dropping off two menus. I order a coffee and Bobby looked at me,“Order the hot coco.”

When he turned to tell Jimmy, Jimmy was gone. Soon he was back with my coffee and a hot coco for Bobby. Bobby took a sip of the coco, I don’t think he could’ve smiled anymore. Luigi always added chocolate mints to his coco, which gave it a distinctive flavor. Bobby’s eyes lit up when he tasted it. “Good” He nodded his head.

Bobby ordered pizza and I order a plate of spaghetti with meat balls. The bread and a small salad was put on the table. Bobby dug right into the bread. I took a roll, broke it in half, put some of my salad on it and then proceeded to eat it as a sandwich. I watched Bobby as I did that. He looked at me and then the salad. “Do you want to try that?” He looked as if he wasn’t sure. I took a roll, broke it in half, put salad on it and placed it on the plate in front of him. I fixed another one for me and I watched as he took his first bite. The smile told me he was hooked. I passed the one I had fixed for myself to his plate and fixed the last roll for me.

Jimmy brought us our meals, “You like the rolls with salad?” Booby nodded yes. “I thought you were the only one who eats his salad and rolls like that Pete.”

“Now there are two of us, right Bobby?” Bobby just smiled and nodded his head, his mouth was full of the roll with salad. He couldn’t eat all of the pizza so we had to take some home. I didn’t want him to eat the remainder for dinner, it would be for his lunch. I took out some ground beef and turkey for hamburgers.

I looked outside, it was getting dark fast. I turned on TV to listen to the weather report. It was going to be a bad one if it kept up. I called Mrs Marlow and told her not to come in as the weather was turning worse. I was so thankful that Bobby was safe and not on the street.

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Excellent chapter.Sounds like Pete is staying home because of the weather. Bobby's dad in addition to being evil sounds like he's not that sharp he has to have known somebody would discover Bobby and eventually find out what happened.

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31 minutes ago, weinerdog said:

Excellent chapter.Sounds like Pete is staying home because of the weather. Bobby's dad in addition to being evil sounds like he's not that sharp he has to have known somebody would discover Bobby and eventually find out what happened.

He's the type that doesn't care, obviously. He probably prefers the bottle.

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30 minutes ago, mfa607 said:

Thank you!

You're welcome.

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27 minutes ago, Wesley8890 said:

Another great chapter

Thanks. I'm glad you are enjoying the story so far

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Awesome chapter. It sounds like there are plenty of people out to help Bobby.

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Great chapter, so it seems that the judge would be friendly and on his side I hope that the father is made to cough up or go to jail

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Thank you for another very good chapter, letting us see how Bobby and Pete are starting to fit together. 

I know you (and other GA writers) are only 'compensated' by the comments you receive. I hope everyone who reads your stories would at least give you a thumbs up, or better yet a comment no matter how brief.

One suggestion if I may. This story has me thinking about all the 'Bobby's' out on the street, especially during Covid-19, Fall coming, kids missing meals or worse. IF readers can find time to help out even a little, in any way, every little bit can help a 'Bobby' somewhere.

(hate I have to add this, but no 'flames', please). 

 

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11 hours ago, chris191070 said:

Awesome chapter. It sounds like there are plenty of people out to help Bobby.

I think Pete's friends are on board, especially since they are being called 'uncle'

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On 8/30/2020 at 8:39 PM, mikedup said:

Great chapter, so it seems that the judge would be friendly and on his side I hope that the father is made to cough up or go to jail

Pete left that up to the lawyer to pursue. He got what he wanted.

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7 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Thank you for nother very good chapter, letting us see how Bobby and Pete are starting to fit together. 

I know you (and other GA writers) are only 'compensated' by the comments you receive. I hope everyone who reads your stories would at least give you a thumbs up, or better yet a comment no matter how brief.

One suggestion if I may. This story has me thinking about all the 'Bobby's' out on the street, especially during Covid-19, Fall coming, kids missing meals or worse. IF readers can find time to help out even a little, in any way, every little bit can help a 'Bobby' somewhere.

(hate I have to add this, but no 'flames', please). 

 

No flames but there are several organizations that do just that, I have several. The one organization that operates pretty much everywhere in the US is Convent House. If you want a list, I have several other organizations that help. Some may remember Boy's Town, they have been around for a very long time. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to include a "Commercial"

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I am really loving this story. So much love for others.

 

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4 hours ago, CLJobe said:

No flames but there are several organizations that do just that, I have several. The one organization that operates pretty much everywhere in the US is Convent House. If you want a list, I have several other organizations that help. Some may remember Boy's Town, they have been around for a very long time. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to include a "Commercial"

I'm okay as far as lists for now. Very familiar with Covenant House. In Canada there's KidsHelpPhone that runs a 24/7/365 toll free number (that's been run off their feet due to pandemic, school closures etc), and Home Depot lets people "Buy a Toque* to Raise a Roof" (*knit 'watch' cap) . Hats are donated to keep kids warm and money helps build shelters. (my 'commercial').

Tony

Ps: NRN (No Reply Necessary)

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3 hours ago, brbear1 said:

I am really loving this story. So much love for others.

 

Thanks, I'm glad that you are reading my story.

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It is a wonderfully powerful yet hurtful story. It never ceases to amaze me how some individuals can be so self centered and "throw away" kids for ANY reason.  They need to be held accountable and punished!!  OK, I'll get off my soap box!!

Great story CLJobe  -  thank you!

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20 minutes ago, KayDeeMac said:

It is a wonderfully powerful yet hurtful story. It never ceases to amaze me how some individuals can be so self centered and "throw away" kids for ANY reason.  They need to be held accountable and punished!!  OK, I'll get off my soap box!!

Great story CLJobe  -  thank you!

Thank you for reading. I wish many times to be able to wave a magic wand and have those parents vanish. But this is life and it is up to us to correct the misfortune of these kids.

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Excellent chapter! Pete and Bobby are bonding and with his circle of friends, now uncle’s a family is developing that includes service to others and feeding the ducks. Pete has managed to create a pretty well balanced life for Bobby, he will absolutely need to feed Bobby more than pizza and burgers. It’s still very early in this relationship but nutrition is always important despite the fact that kids hate anything good for them. I really am enjoying this story and the characters you’ve created, each of them has depth, history and is likeable in their own way! Thank you for this amazing story! I’m definitely looking forward to the next chapter! 😃❤️

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42 minutes ago, flesco said:

Excellent chapter! Pete and Bobby are bonding and with his circle of friends, now uncle’s a family is developing that includes service to others and feeding the ducks. Pete has managed to create a pretty well balanced life for Bobby, he will absolutely need to feed Bobby more than pizza and burgers. It’s still very early in this relationship but nutrition is always important despite the fact that kids hate anything good for them. I really am enjoying this story and the characters you’ve created, each of them has depth, history and is likeable in their own way! Thank you for this amazing story! I’m definitely looking forward to the next chapter! 😃❤️

Thank you for reading my story. 

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On 8/31/2020 at 8:10 AM, brbear1 said:

I am really loving this story. So much love for others.

 

I'm glad you like my story.

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I used to love going to Western Springs to feed the ducks and swans. Especially when there used to be the bakery across the road that sold day old bread cheaply. Some of those flockers used to be pretty savage though. It could be quite scary.

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4 minutes ago, Buz said:

I used to love going to Western Springs to feed the ducks and swans. Especially when there used to be the bakery across the road that sold day old bread cheaply. Some of those flockers used to be pretty savage though. It could be quite scary.

Yes they can get pretty aggressive 

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Would that it would be that easy to adopt a child!  I'm sure it can be done, but in most cases, it would require social services to get involved, and then it could get very messy.  As that is not the focus of this story, I like the simplicity of the story so far.  How long has Bobby been on the street?  I hope we find out more about the why as well as an overview of his early life.  It was not said, but understood, that his mother is dead. 

I encourage everyone who can to look up the places like Covenant House that are available in their area and see what help they can offer either financially or in terms of volunteer service.  There are lots of opportunities available.

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3 minutes ago, pvtguy said:

Would that it would be that easy to adopt a child!  I'm sure it can be done, but in most cases, it would require social services to get involved, and then it could get very messy.  As that is not the focus of this story, I like the simplicity of the story so far.  How long has Bobby been on the street?  I hope we find out more about the why as well as an overview of his early life.  It was not said, but understood, that his mother is dead. 

I encourage everyone who can to look up the places like Covenant House that are available in their area and see what help they can offer either financially or in terms of volunteer service.  There are lots of opportunities available.

Bobby's mother is dead. His father kicked him rather recently. Pete was able to avoid child services because he was a friend of the Judge. The judge's son was a close friend of Pete's

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12 minutes ago, CLJobe said:

Bobby's mother is dead. His father kicked him rather recently. Pete was able to avoid child services because he was a friend of the Judge. The judge's son was a close friend of Pete's

I got that from the story - just saying that it's not always that easy.

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