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Darby Madison was a lean blond from the Gulf Coast. An only child, she grew up fast and married quickly after her parents passed prematurely.
By day, her young husband installed car stereos in a franchised shop. By night, he did the same, but for half the price in a friend’s garage. Despite the moonlighting money, his longtime crack habit kept them poor. She only touched the stuff a few times, but equally suffered its consequences.
In their first five years together he was fired four times. Each release resulted in an arduous move. By the time they landed in Colorado, the couple had two children.
Darby never considered her marriage to be in trouble. It seemed woefully normal, the same as all the marriages she had known as a kid: plenty of fights, occasional minor physical abuse, and regular periods of estrangement. But one summer night, after an argument about there being no food in the house, her husband shoved her face-first into the side of the
refrigerator. He pinned her there with his shoulder, and then grabbed her tightly by the hair and twisted her head. With his mouth inches from her ear, his loud, expletive-laced rant crushed her spirit: She was worthless; he was leaving. He then kicked open the front door and disappeared beyond the stream of the streetlight.
After several months of not knowing her husband’s whereabouts, the stress of waiting for word while working two part-time jobs and caring for the kids
got to be more than Darby could bear alone. She phoned a single aunt three states away. With genuine tears flowing, Darby made arrangements to sublet a
bedroom from her. She used most of her available money for the move.
The adult conversation was a welcome change, but life was still tough because jobs were harder to come by in this new location. All she could finds was 25 hours a week behind the counter at a convenience store. And
then life got tougher: The aunt received notice that their apartment complex was being taken over by order of eminent domain. All residents had 30 days to vacate.
For two weeks, they looked for an affordable place to rent, but gentrification was altering the area’s economics. Midway through the third week, a cousin in Calgary reluctantly agreed to take in the aunt, but made
it abundantly clear that he didn’t have room for Darby and the kids. The fourth week was spent sorting clothes and selling belongings. She and the kids stayed for a while at the Y, and then their money ran out.
Never religious, Darby determined it was time to seek help from the spiritual community. She went to a church that reminded her a lot of one near her childhood home. The pastor was friendly enough, but when Darby asked if the church had some place she and the kids could stay until she got back on her feet, he replied, “We’re not really set up to do that kind of
thing. But you might try County Social Services.”
Someone told Darby that if she went to County Social Services they would take her kids. She instantly ruled out that option.
Today, Darby’s children are ages seven and five. The three of them are still together in Boston where Darby bunks in with a man twice her age. She abhors
him for what he requires of her in return for shelter, but it’s better than the street. He makes Darby buy her own food. She earns the money by hustling
people for historic tours in the city’s North End. It’s a scant, unpredictable wage, but usually enough for a few groceries to sustain her and the kids.
She longs for a place of her own, a decent job, and a good school for the children. But her husband’s words still resound in her head as if they were delivered just yesterday. And she now has come to believe she really is
worthless. Sadly, Darby has no neighbors to convince her otherwise.
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