Etched in Sand Setting & Symbolism

Calcaterra, Regina
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The Happy House

Regina, Camille, and Cherie spent time at Julia and Frank Accerbi's house when they were young. Cookie dropped them off there and did not return for them. The children were left in Frank and Julia's care until social services stepped in and took the girls away. They were happy there and well cared for, but Frank and Julia had children of their own and struggled to keep the entire family fed. The girls came to believe that the Happy House was only a figment of their imagination until Regina reconnected with Julia.

The Jesus Figurines

Regina carried Jesus figurines around with her for years. She did not realize that they came from Julia's house until she and Julia reconnected. The figurines represented the security and love Julia and Frank bestowed on the girls, though Regina did not remember the details until she was an adult...

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