No matter how hard we try to deny it, favoritism is a disease we’re all born with. Ever since we were little, we were persuaded into thinking it was better to favor certain things over others; colors, music, or the most famous one of all; the love from Mommy vs Daddy. These factors later on have a great impact on the way we as children develop. We try so hard to make our subconscious believe that we love everyone equally, when deep inside we know it’s not true. However, when you're a parent it is important to emphasize that your love for each child is equal. When a parent makes it obvious to a child that they have a favorite, it can start to reflect on the child's behavior. “Only with words and people and love you move at ease;” (Nims, 572)
Laura Tavares was born in 1995. Since the day she was brought into this world she was verbally abused by her mother. Being the first child, one would have thought, “she would be the most loved”. By the age of seven, there was a new baby in the house, Samuel. He was born premature, and aside from the verbal abuse, Laura started to get neglected. By age 10, she was obese and dressed like a middle aged woman. Her mother made sure that Laura knew her place as the slave in the family, waiting on Sammy hand and foot. Evidently Laura knew she was not the favorite, and she made it her goal to change that. She became a straight A student, and was know as the best dancer at our school. She lost weight, and got a job where she made over $1000 a week. Meanwhile cleaning a house that would outshine the sun if she cleaned it anymore, all to gain the love of her mother. “I need a mother”- She
would constantly say to me. Till this day Laura has been trying to prove to her mother, that she is worthy of her love. Sammy is now capable of seeing the top of Laura’s head, but the sound of her mothers voice, “Go give Sammy some cereal, don’t you see hes hungry?”, still echos throughout the house. Sammy sits oblivious playing video games in his room. Mercedes was her name, the woman who tortured Laura for 18 years. She ignored every 90 she had ever gotten, while applauding Samuel’s 65’s.
Last week was the last straw;
“where do you think your going today?”- said Mercedes
“Melisa wants me to babysit and i'm trying to tell her I can't, without making her feeling bad”- said Laura covering the mic on her phone.
“You see that your brother is sick and all you ever think about is going out. You are the most selfish person I have ever met! I can’t believe you care this little about your family”
By this point Laura had formed creases in her hands from squeezing her phone so tight. “what makes you think I don't care about this family”- the phone bounces on the couch, landing on the edge. “ I am the one who has raised your son, the one who has tried to make you happy despite how many times you’ve made me cry. What is it that you want from me? For me to get a knife and kill myself?”
Before she could turn away Mercedes was already getting...