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Published March 15, 2019
Life isn’t hard. People make it that way.
I, on the other hand, stuck to my books, made a few friends who were outliers in the school social scene like me, grew three more inches, and lost twenty pounds. There were times when boys would stop in the hall and stare, but I always felt it was because I had something stuck in my teeth, or I was dragging around a piece of toilet paper stuck to my shoe. No one ever called me beautiful or singled me out for the girl they wanted to take anywhere, let alone to a school dance.
What was a monumental moment to me seemed like a casual encounter, practiced and routine, to Andrew.
”You know what I mean, Rose. And those were different times. I’ve changed, River’s changed, you’ve changed. It happens. Life is lived in cycles. Just because you cling to one idea as a youngster, doesn’t mean you always have to think and feel the same way your entire existence. Every decade you live adds a new dimension and perspective. I had my turn being a mother and raising a child. You had your turn being a child. Now, you get to take your turn as a mother. Circle of life.”
”And you have now succeeded in creating the same chasm between you and Glory (Rose’s mom) as she did with her own mother. You chose to risk all our lives, all our futures, to chase one hair-brained idea to the bitter end to satisfy you, no one else, just you. The rest of us will suffer so you can find an answer to some real or imagined hardship that was perpetrated upon you at birth. No matter what the truth is, River and Glory gave you an amazing life and loved you with all their hearts. Why can’t you just leave it at that, Rose? Why can’t that be enough?”