Someone guessing my occupation said: Accountant.
Camouflage, and a low profile, are the rule for safety,
which is something I learned early in life.
In fact, as a young child,
I didn’t speak so I could be understood.
There was too much misunderstanding
and the threat of violence
if you spoke up.
One night I heard a radio program
in which people were planning to murder someone.
I decided my father was about to carry out
his constant threats to kill me.
(His accomplice would be my mother.)
I took a very large knife from the kitchen
and slept with it under my pillow.
I was 3 ½ years old.