V I R G I L ´ S U AR E Z The Day the Police Took My Father Away That morning a heavy downpour flooded the sidewalks on our street. I heard its rushing down to the corner gutter. My father, as was his habit, got up early with my mother, dressed in his khaki pants and work shirt, drank her cafecito, and took off to work at the Hatuey Brewery, where he sat by a conveyor belt and inspected clean bottles in front of bright fluorescent light before the beer was poured into them. Even though school had been canceled because of the bad weather, my mother was dressing me and combing my hair when the knock at the door startled my grandmother, asleep in her room at the front of the house. She came in her pajamas and slippers to my parents' room and told my mother there was someone at the door, and my mother clasped her robe tight around her neck and chest. I snuck up behind her when she opened the door, and the sound of rain stormed like horses inside the house. Two men in uniform said good morning and asked
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 1, 2000
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