The Junkie Who Lives in the Room Next Door: My Son, the Stranger
By Curtis Reed
I know the face of the boy who lives in the room next door. He still has his Dad’s shock of dark hair and my blue eyes, but the eyes are empty now. Hollow. I don’t remember when he started to disappear, it started to happen slowly. Most days he would come home and ask if the cookies were out of the oven yet. He was a bright boy who I never worried about. We were close and he loved my cookies and a glass of cold milk every day after school. Somewhere between his junior high and high school years, are my first memories of him starting to fade. He was not as interested in our talks and had new friends. I can look back and see the signs now, but at the time, I had no idea my son was turning into a junkie who would soon become a stranger I didn’t know.
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