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September 29, 2019

My mom struggled to pay the bills with her secretarial job, and since my dad was raising the two older kids, he felt he didn’t need to send Mom any money in terms of child support for my brother and me (even though the court legally told him to do so.) Eventually, the...

September 23, 2019

I was in the 4th grade less than a month when Mom made an announcement.

“We’re going to have to move. This is just too much house for me to take care of and I want to live closer to work. I’m looking for a new place now.”

What?! This was like a bombshell. We were just ge...

September 15, 2019

When summer came and Mom had to work, she found a babysitter that was probably around my sister’s age, or a little older. She was a bit heavyset and had a very strong constitution. It was a little daunting being in her presence, but I knew as long as I stayed on her go...

September 8, 2019

It had been a tough year as a 9-year old. I was emotional during this time but there was no one to talk to about all the things I was feeling and going through. I felt ignored most of the time, and had a lot of alone time. One day I was so upset that no one seemed to c...

September 1, 2019

Usually every summer we traveled to a lake and stayed in a cabin for a week, but once my parents divorced, that wasn’t an option for us. Mom couldn’t afford that kind of vacation, but she came up with a plan that became a tradition for several years. She took us to Mad...

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