Loving Equally

Loving Equally

From Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

Loving Equally

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers—you can blame anyone, but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s ALWAYS your fault, because if you wanted to change, you’re the one who has got to change. It’s as simple as that, isn’t it?

Katherine Hepburn

My parents had been married for eighteen years and dating since my mother was fourteen. Their marriage had been on the rocks for as long as I can remember. They had talked about divorcing many times but never went through with it for the sake of their only child, me.

One of their last fights that I can remember was very physical. My parents destroyed all of each other’s belongings, and it soon came to the point where there was nothing left in the house that wasn’t demolished. There were holes in the walls and just pieces of everything covering the floor.

My father shoved my mother around and bruised her pretty badly, and I had to witness it all with my fourteen-year-old eyes.

Before I knew it, we were in court and I had to make the decision of whose hands to put my life into. I had to choose which parent I would live with every day. I felt like my heart was being cut out of my chest and my parents were tugging at each end of it. I loved both of my parents, and I knew one way or the other I was going to hurt one of them. After I thought for a while, I decided to live with my mom even though I knew my dad would be upset.

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