Me as a kid

He Made Me Eat off the Floor When I Was Eight

How I retroactively claimed the power of my “no”

Duncan Riach
Jan 30, 2020 · 7 min read

In Some Snapshots from My Shitty Childhood, I wrote briefly about being forced, as a child, to eat directly from the floor. I’ll go more deeply into that memory here, and I’ll show you how I was able to transform it from a memory of abuse into a celebration of a small boy’s courage and power.