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Kye Earley2 days ago
Spending the Holidays Without Your Parents
I’ve been holiday-crazy since I can remember. It didn’t matter which one—Christmas was my favorite holiday, just like Halloween was my favorite, just like Thanksgiving, Easter, New Years, my birthday....
Victoria Vargas2 days ago
The Never Ending Norm
SLAM! The door downstairs literally shook the house, and then I knew… my aunt was pissed off about something. That was just how you knew she was in a bad mood, when doors started slamming in the house...
Melina Smith4 days ago
Losing Sight
My mom wasn’t around much when I was a little girl because she was always working. She picked me up from school, dropped me off at home, and went to work until 2 AM. Because of this, I spent most of m...
Denilia Blue4 days ago
Being a Child Carer
All over the world, there are kids who have taken on the responsibility of looking after their ill parents. There are even some children looking after their siblings. Making sure they eat, bathe, and ...
Lauren Gonzalez5 days ago
A Culture Like No Other
Amazing food, strong families, and having a great fear of a chancla wielding mother when you did something wrong. Latino culture is one unlike any other; the music, the language, and the people are so...
Being Thankful for Family
With the holidays coming up, a lot of us are thinking about family. We're either thinking about how much we're dreading spending so much fucking time together, or trying to remember how thankful we ar...
Danielle Hintz13 days ago
The Wind Chimes
My mother was quite possibly the most eccentric woman you would ever meet. She had long, curly hair, the same color as the warm orange leaves during fall. She was a short woman, but she had the confid...
Ashley Davison13 days ago
Why I Stopped Talking to My Family
I always thought that I would be part of my family. I pictured going to my father's home and bringing my children over to visit with their grandfather. I pictured holidays together and spending time w...
Harley Bowers17 days ago
Life is Complicated
I’m not complaining. I know there are people out there who have it worse than I do. But, it doesn’t change the fact that life is complicated in different ways for different people. Today I am writing ...
Patti Cakes18 days ago
Ellis Island and The Fuscos
January 8th, 1893 – My name is Patrizia Fusco and I am 10-years-old. My mother, Catarina and my sisters Silvia and Katia have been travelling in what they call the steerage room for over 2 weeks. Silv...
Courtney Schmale21 days ago
Mistreated
For the last year in a half, I've been wondering why something hasn't gone wrong yet. It was like a ticking time bomb that had finally been set off. I have everything that I've always wanted. I have a...
Keela Dee22 days ago
Water
I remember back when I drank water, but now it’s water who drinks me. A few Julys ago, my family piled in a van to head to the Arkansas River for some white water adventure. We donned our protective g...
Jennie Pagan24 days ago
Crying Over Spilled Milk (Poop)
I want you guys to think of me when you have a bad day, then your day will seem so much better. I wake up on a Friday, like any other 19-year old teenager. "Yay, it's Friday fun time!" HA! No. Wrong-o...
Raven Woods25 days ago
My Name is Hope
I never really thought about how life could be so horrible…things were never so good for my family and I. We had to do bad things like sell drugs and rob stores just to obtain money. We stole from peo...
Matthew Eylera month ago
People Pleaser
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" said my teacher. That was an easy question for me. I had known the answer since preschool, the early age when you first begin to understand that people have ...
Donna Gonzalesa month ago
Living With or Without Parents
First of all let me explain a few things. I was born to 2 kids. My dad was 20 years old & my mother was 16 and month shy of being 17. Babies raising babies. At this time I am in my 40s with 3 grown ki...
Madeline O'Neilla month ago
Mother of the Year
Have you ever met that one person that you absolutely cringe at the sound of their name..? Well to me that person is my mother. There wasn't a certain time it began, I just remember always feeling lik...
Matthew Eylera month ago
You Were Only a Little Abused
"I'm so sorry, Mom," I cried. These words frequently echoed off my lips, resounding in a deafening silence from my mother. Most kids in my generation feared being grounded, losing privileges, or some ...