Personal Narrative: Divorce Essay

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Personal Narrative: Divorce Mum had briefly informed me that we were going to a place that would
"make sure that the right parent looked after us." This was drilled
into me for weeks in advance along with the miscellaneous "I love you
more than Dad does" and " you enjoy living with me more than Dad,
don't you?" What Mum didn't realise is that children can see straight
through people like her so her ongoing effort to unbalance my opinion
just floated straight past me like a cloud. My brother, on the other
hand, had a tendency to make it seem as if he trusted every word Mum
said. Whether he really did or whether it was all a very well
performed show of his is hard to tell. Nevertheless, his blond, curly
hair and big, brown eyes worked like a charm. He seemed so innocent
and naive as a child but I always knew that there was an underlying
cleverness which was shielded by his apparent carefree nature.

We hadn't seen Dad for six months due to reasons that I wasn't aware
of at the time. Mum always said, "It was for our own good." As a six
year old girl I believed her because my uncorrupted mind had nothing
to suggest that she was wrong. I didn't quite understand where we were
going that day apart from that we were going to be watched by someone
in a room to find out if Dad was an "unfit parent." That phrase
aggravated me more than a bull locked in a red room as Dad was the
most significant part of my young life. I couldn't bring myself to
think that there was someone who could possibly say he was incompetent
of looking after us.

During that morning at home, I kept thinking about the possible
outcomes of this visit. I tried not to think the worst but that is all
that seemed to fill my head. Trying to find something else to worry
about I wandered into Mum's room. I found her standing in front of the
mirror getting ready to go. She saw me in the mirror but just
continued beautifying herself. She was dressed smartly and was
applying her make-up as if this was just a chance to show off. I
watched her for a while and there was something provocative and
spiteful about her, as if she had changed to a different person I
didn't know. I lay on her bed and just stared at the ceiling trying to
make sense of my first encounter with the confusion of the real, adult

A few minutes later Mum had ushered me off of her bed and out of her
room and told me to put my shoes and coat on. Instinctively, I went to
help my brother put his shoes on because I knew that's what Mum
actually meant. He was three years younger than me but I didn't
appreciate that he wouldn't understand the importance of this visit
long awaited by Mum. I kept talking to him and sharing my feelings but
the only response I got was "where are we going,...

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