You’ll learn these too.
For a time, I was enraged at an extended family that knew perfectly well what was going on, but chose to look the other way, because it’s easier to ignore the elephant in the room, even when it’s practically stamping on your head.
If you suggest watching television while eating, they’ll think you’re about as evolved as a caveman.
I have learned that telling them to be a man is one of the most hurtful and dangerous things you can say – those words cut right down to their formation of self.
Being here reminds me that, if only in some small, metaphoric sense, you can always go home again.
Peak excitement was watching your sibling say something rude or snappy to your parents because you knew they were about to get punished.
When my Dad got remarried to my now step mother, I wasn’t much older. I understood what having a step Mom meant, I had watched enough Cinderella to be aware of the evil monster.
College was a much easier transition for you than it was for a lot of people. Name games, introducing yourself over and over and over, getting lost, asking for help, having no clue what you were doing – that was your entire childhood.
“We need to get the hell out of NYC,” she said.
A relationship a daughter has with her father (or lack there of) is one of the most influential interpersonal connections that shapes her experience within the world in which she lives and specifically towards how she realizes her self-worth and value.