I graduated and got a job and a new, more permanent apartment. Years went by, this woman adopted a second time with her now-actual husband, two boys out of foster care, one infant, one preschooler. She made the state’s largest paper for a civic award. She seemed golden, and my parents saw her often as a friend and business associate. They told me I had been wrong about her. Years later, I had forgotten all about her when it was on the news that someone had hired an under-aged boy to do some illegal work on their property. The boy was severely injured, and when the ambulance arrived, with police in tow, they found three other children in severe neglect. Who were the parents? Seth and Sylvia.
I found a new job so quickly, I was disappointed. It was wonderful living a life without a dark cloud hanging over me, without feeling inadequate and like a failure. My old boss loved making people miserable and would joke about it. About 6 months later, a former co-worker called and told me that my old boss had been terminated, but had to remain at the company to help the auditors. Apparently, he had been reporting different numbers to state and federal agencies, and it caught up with him.
The feds originally wanted to file suit against the company, but further investigation found that the fraud was all on my boss. In addition, my former boss’ son had been arrested on vandalism charges! All I could do was laugh! I knew he fired me because he was an ass. I was too much of a coward to resign. He had no idea what a tremendous favor he gave me, and what bad karma he laid on himself! My parents had a small home business, and one day a woman came by holding an infant, looking for my parents. I told her they weren’t home, but she was welcome to wait as they had mentioned she would be by. I’ll call her Sylvia.
Later, it came out from the children that they were being used as, in one of the children’s words, “slave labor”. Not allowed to have friends over, and being “home-schooled”, they did nothing but chores in and outside of the house all day. They prepared all the meals and served them to the parents, and got to eat the leftovers. They had to care for all the animals, which were significant in number. They did all the housework, yard work, washed and cleaned the cars, anything you can think of, they did, and were beaten if they didn’t comply.