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Food Shopping, Sweet 16 and C-Sections  – Chapter 8

Adjusting to the Convent:  Food Shopping, Sweet 16 and C-Section.  Chapter 8   The days were exceedingly long. Week after week, I would sit before the social worker with a confident smirk insisting that I would be able to find a good job and an apartment to raise my child in as a single mom.…

Behind the Scenes- The Breakdown, More Hideaways, and Loneliness – Chapter 7

Behind the Scenes- The Breakdown, More Hideaways, and Loneliness   I hopped off the short bus ready to race inside my house before anyone could see me or my fat pregnant belly. I had gotten really good at the race inside the house after school each day. I had it down to mere seconds despite…

Robberies, Jail  and Cancellations  – Chapter 6

Robberies, Jail, and Cancellations     I can still hear the revving of the moped engine that popped down Ocean Avenue on that night, in early February.   I was 5 months pregnant, my wedding was in about a week and life seemed to have settled into a routine.   I had been waiting for hours.…

Wedding invitations, Judges and White Castle Cheeseburgers – Chapter 5

Wedding invitations, Judges and White Castle Cheeseburgers   The decision was made. He was 17 and I was 15 and we were young, dumb and about to get married.   In order to get married at 15 one needs to go before a judge and seek his permission. So we did, I remember the furlong…

Accusations, Church and State – Chapter 4

Accusations, Church and State    A funny thing happened when I got serious about keeping my child. People became worried and concerned. I have no idea what else they thought was going to happen but as I got bigger their worries increased too.   I was sober for the first time in a few years and…

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