The Toughest Decision Of My Life

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The Toughest Decision of My Life

People are often asked the question, “If I could go back in time, what would I

change?” But have you ever really thought about the answer to that question? What

would you change or what would you keep the same? Accius, a character from Medea,

said, “Change rules all things.” (II 118) I never realized how true this would be. When I

look back in life, there are many things that I would change, but there is one decision that

I am very thankful that I made. That was the decision to continue living with my

grandparents and not to move in with my mother.

It was a normal afternoon after school when I returned to my house after a busy

day in sixth grade. My grandfather was busy preparing dinner in anticipation of my

grandmother coming home from work. Soon my real mom came by to “have a serious

discussion” about something. I had no idea that this “something” would be one of the

hardest decisions I would ever have to make in my life. My real mom had just gotten a

new apartment that had enough bedrooms that I could live there. It had never crossed my

mind that moving in with her was the question with which she was going to confront me.

Soon the topic came out when Mom said, “Sade, how would you like to come and live

with me from now on?” This remark was the beginning of one of the hardest times in my

life. I knew I had to make the right decision as Sophocles says, “Decide not rashly. The

decision made, can never be recalled.” (Oedipus Rex 314)

I was faced with the first choice of staying with my mother in her new home. Her

home was in a location outside the limits of my school zone so I would have to start

attending a different school. I had never had to deal with trying to make new friends and

adapt to new surroundings. Forming new bonds was something that would be very hard

for me because I am not a very extroverted person. Also, living with my mother would

make me have to leave my grandparents. I had been with them for thirteen years of my

life and I couldn’t stand hurting them by just up and leaving the first time my mother

asked me to. They had given up their happiness to provide and care for me and now I

was just going to leave? They loved me and I loved them too much for that. Finally,

through the years my mother and I had seemed to grow apart from each other. She had

lived out of town for the duration of my life and I honestly didn’t really know that much

about her. I had no idea what she liked, what she didn’t like, or how to act around her.

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