My Father Didn’t Hurt Me On Purpose

I had an alcoholic father and each night we waited to see when he would come home.  If he didn’t arrive by a certain time we all knew he was going to return home drunk and hurt someone. I was the oldest of four and sat at the top of the stairs, shaking and waiting for my dad to enter the house. Someone had to protect my mother and brothers. Unfortunately, at a young age, children aren’t mature enough to understand that their...