After suffering years of abuse by her alcoholic husband, a relaxed New England housewife and mother of one decided to seek love and comfort on the Internet. What she found was a short bitter sweet experience that she will cherish forever. More
Katherine Figueroa grew up in the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of a French immigrant mother who came from Quebec to seek her fortune in the mills of New England. Her father, a disciplinarian, and devoted Catholic, had stowed away on a fishing boat that had docked at a port on the Sao Miguel Island in the Azores decades ago. On arrival in New England, he was mentored by a shrewd French Canadian businessman who taught him the value of hard work.
From the outset Ramon Figueroa had instilled in his children the value of hard work, perseverance and discipline. He had had his fair share of success, having owned and operated a garage and gas station for years. Before that he was in the shoe shine business, then later he repaired machinery at the mills, and at one time he even worked at a gas station before owning and operating his own. He never failed to speak highly of the ‘Grace of God’ that he attributed to his success. “Trust in God,” he said. “But do for yourself”.
So it came as no surprise then, when Katherine, having graduated from Providence High School, met and fell hard for Roland Reynolds, a hard working mechanic at Wheel World Automotive by day and an eager and alert convenience store clerk at the local Seven Eleven by night. Within a year they were married and a year later, Roland Reynolds Junior was born.
If it is true that happiness beams from the birth of a child, Katherine could proudly state that as a fact. She enjoyed being a mother. She could hardly believe how much joy Reynolds Junior, that tiny bundle, that innocent, adorable child brought to her life. But Katherine soon discovered that life as a wife, and mother was tough. And with little help from Reynolds Senior, it was getting more complex. There was the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry, and the baby care was a job unto itself. And then, Reynolds Senior, having followed in his own father’s footsteps, believed that his duty was primarily to bring home ‘the bacon’ as he had clearly stated one Friday afternoon as he handed Katherine his paycheck then complained bitterly about the lack of affection he received from his wife. “Even Ray is running away instead of toward me now,” he said. And Katherine, wanting to be the perfect wife, accepted the situation. Ray took care of the finances and Katherine did the rest.
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