a writing by Louise Marie Robello

This story I am about to disclose to you happened to me when I was twenty two years old.
The expression the tongue can cut like a sword is very real and the consequences from
this particular incident became my reality or I should say NIGHTMARE! I was born and
raised in San Pedro California, where I attended Catholic grammar and graduated from a
Catholic high school. I then attended Harbor College and got a part time job doing cocktails on the
Queen Mary in the Observation Bar. I had worked there for five years and I was really late for work
one day and because it was my second tardy warning. I was already walking on thin ice, I told my boss
my mom's cancer came back and she only had four months to live. So everything was cool and I didn't
get fired, I thought what harm in a little white lie, Well three weeks had gone by and my mom had been
complaining of back pains. She had been in remission she was done with chemo and radiation for months
now. Well the chiropractor referred her to a surgeon she had cancer that had spread everywhere and was
even in her brain. She died exactly four months later. To this day I still blame myself, I have never told
a white lie after this, but I firmly believe lies can come true. My mom died in my arms in the hospital and
I prayed to God and asked Him to forgive me. I am still having a hard time trying to forgive myself. I loved
my mom so much there is not a day that goes by I don't think about her and this incident. The tongue
can cut like a sword is real for those who think a little white lie won't hurt, in my case became REAL.

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