When you are five years old, and have been put in a dress so short
that your panties show. No one has taken the time to teach you how
girls are supposed to sit, when sitting on the floor in the back of a cafe,
while Mother is having coffee with her friends. They keep looking back
at me, laughing. Finally she demands from across the room "sit like a
lady". I do not understand what this means. When finally she gets up and walks over to slap my face. While the entire cafe looks on, she tells me to put my knees together.
In retrospect, I think the cafe's breakfast patrons were laughing at her
cruel and ignorant way to punish a child by humiliation. She walks back to the counter stating "see what I have to put up with everyday"