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Abandoned Life Autobiography: Part Six:
By Tinka Boukes
Monday, December 18, 2006

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Abandoned Life ~ Autobiography:  Part Six:


Settling Into Meritocracy

As usual another day, another interview and another rejection left Tinka despondent and demoralized.

Eventually, succumbing to her father’s advice, she took a job at “Anneke”, a local hair salon.  She became the most famous hairdresser in her hometown.

One day out of the blue there was a letter for Tinka from some place unknown to her.  But the letter was not from her sister or even Pieter…it was from someone very special she knew long ago, Steven.  He wanted her back in his life…but was still in the navy and had four months left before returning back home.  As fate would have it Tinka was to meet her future husband the very same day Steven came home; a husband that would take her deep into darkness.

Steven and Tinka were talking when Michael walked into the store looking her straight in the eye and catching her off guard.  She and Steven made a joke about this very strong looking man and giggled like teenagers.  That same day Steven asked Tinka to marry him.  But something held her back for yes.


“Steven I am not saying I won’t marry you…but coming out of another bad relationship with Pieter to go back into another is not something I am ready for.  Please give me a little time to get back on my feet.  We can still be good friends and we can take it from there okay?”

Steven did not argue with her…just too pleased to be back home and finished with basic training.  So they just enjoyed each other’s company celebrating his homecoming.

The next day Tinka went to the local swimming pool to cool down and just enjoy the day.  But fate had its own plan. As she walked back home Michael spotted her and made his move on her.

“Hi There young lady…why are you all wet and out on the street this late?”

“Oh…this is none of your concern sir…but if you have to know I just came from the swimming pool…does that make sense to you?”

Thank goodness Tinka’s forward sister was with her and she took over when he asked if he could take them home because it was not safe for girls dressed like that to be out alone.  She eccepted the silly invitation…and that is how he landed in their living room.  Forward as ever Tinka’s sister offered him a drink and he did not resist.  Immediately he started to put his focus on Tinka…and little sister did not like that at all.

At first Tinka could not get herself to respond to him, but gradually he became this nice person everybody adored and even she thought he might be a good man.

They started to see each other on a regular basis; Steven now out of the picture, after she found out he impregnated another girl and wanted a way out of his responsibilities

In the meantime Tinka became the proud owner of her own hairdressing salon.  Life was not bad at least until that day four years later when everything changed for her.

In a moment of weakness she allowed Michael to make love to her resulting in her pregnancy.  So being responsible she started to make plans to get married.  Even though she lost the baby a few weeks later the wedding went off as planned because she could not face the fact that she had to tell anyone that she had slept with a man out of wedlock.   In truth, Tinka married out of guilt, not true love; a mistake that would make what came before seem like paradise


“House” Wife Betrayal

You had me bewitched and happy for a while

But I woke up in agony when you took my innocence

And when I found you gone… departed from my heart

My only thought…

Perhaps one day you will wake up and remember

And discover you destroyed my life… and love for you

And in the silence of the night

For many years…

When you touch me it hurts

It hurts more than you will ever know

Knowing it is not me…

But her you are touching

Her you really want to be with

And in the silence of the night…

You killed my love… my dignity… my pride

For the love of God…

How can I ever trust you again?

When “In my Face” you treat her with grace

What a disgrace you are

I lost my respect for myself

And my will to be with you

Perhaps one day…

You will wake up

And you will remember me

As the woman I always wanted to be

Not your whore… not your slave

But your soul mate… your life

But what did I get?

Just being your

“House” wife

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Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 9/13/2008
You are laying the groundwork in this section -- foreshadowing -- letting the reader know and tantalizing him/her with the foreboding that lies ahead. Fortunately, for you as a writer, you can combine this tender and not so tender story with another medium, poetry, thus bringing it even more alive. R
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 7/13/2008
The choices we make are fated. Each and every one. We would not be who we are, were it not for our choices, always for better, and never for worse. Your soul shines through experience, taking you higher into the light, my friend.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 11/27/2007
Oh, Tinka......I don't know what to say. There are no words.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/3/2007
Wow! Tink... YOu way of writing is SUPER Clear~!
YOu went through so much, and you write it all out so well!

I wish I could write an autobiography so cleary and not jumbled!
You have a talent!
I feel for the pain and confusion you were living,
My Heart goes out to you! then and now!!!
YOur poem is powerful too!
I know a few who feel this way, that you experienced sadly to say!
"HOuse" Wife

Keep a writing!
WArmest Blessings and HuGs,WArrior Sheeeooxx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2007
It takes courage to be so honest, TinkaSweets. Love, peace, and healing to you,

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/5/2007

I just had the chance to read this now. Thank you for being so good as to share with us your life story. This is so well-written and the poem is so heartfelt. My heart goes out to you.

Lots of love,

Sandie May Angel
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge 12/27/2006
Keep it up Tinka, you're doing a good job! Love Holly
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/23/2006
The story line is building nicely Tinka, but I agree with Felix I would like to know more about your surroundings, of what was going through your mind...excellent so far, looking forward to more
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/19/2006
Very interesting story, Tinka. Keep bringing it to us.

Reviewed by m w 12/19/2006
Can't wait to see the entire book on the shelf at my local bookstore.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/18/2006
look forward to reading more
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 12/18/2006
Very interesting Tinka. Heaven help the man whpoever called you "House wife". That could turn his world unside down.
I'm enjoying this time line and it's very interesting.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/18/2006
Your story is going well Tinka though I am sure it is painful sometimes to remember, you may want to add in more details of your surrounding as you remember them, which always adds to the picture you are trying to present. For example, when you say you were walking home with your sister, was it a country road, small paved town street, or highway, were you in a bikini, a two piece or a one piece suit, describe what you looked like etc. I know this sounds like a lot but it is important to capture the readers imagination and allow them to see what you see or remember and details are all that they have is what you give them.

Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar 12/18/2006
Ah Tinka, I never dreamed what you had to pass through. You were young and - I hope you forgive me if I say - immature. I would never have allowed my daughter to marry anyone just because she had a baby. But that's life. I pray you will find yourself and peace. Victor
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 12/18/2006
Tinka,this really moved me.Thank goodness i was sitting down for this.Glad your able to write about this and move on for the better.Good job
Gods Speed,

Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor 12/18/2006
A sad but SO true story and SOOOOOOOOOOOO many, feel it. Merry CHRISTmas, dear1

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