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Always Hopeful MAG

By Anonymous

   Sixteen days. That was all that was left until I would see my father. He had gone into re-hab 10 days ago for alcohol and drug abuse. Hopefully this time it would work. But of course, I wished that every time. Although he had done a lot to my mother and me, I still loved him very much. I couldn't wait until he got back, that way my mother would start to look as if she was among the living again. I acted as her slave when she was like this. Only I didn't mind that much because I knew how she felt. I had acted that way the first few times that my father had gone into the re-hab center, too. It was a strange and eerie feeling, like you were living under water, just floating along, having no control over your actions. However, by now, I had gotten over that, with the realization that my father would always be an alcoholic. Even though there was always a little glimmer of hope that he would heal. Though Mom was a different story. She believed that this time was it and that he would come through this time, always this time. I felt bad for my mother, always so dependent and trusting of my father. She loved my father so much.

Suddenly I heard my mother's shrill voice singing out my name. She asked me to come downstairs for a minute. I thought she sounded particularly happy today. Why, I didn't know.

"What?" I asked, coming downstairs.

"Well..." she began slowly looking at me. I suspected something was up. "Your birthday is pretty soon and..."

"So?" I said cutting in. I didn't like birthdays at all, especially when I knew my dad was sitting in re-hab while I was partying. It just didn't feel right.

"So... I thought you'd like to have some friends over or something." I was surprised how enthused she sounded. I wondered why. To make her happy I said that it would be all right.

"Oh, great!" she exclaimed. "We can pick up some things tomorrow, after school." She began jotting ideas on a piece of paper.

"Now, let's see...cups, plates, hmmm..." I could see her mind wondering off, forgetting I was there.

"It will be wonderful, won't it!" she suddenly said, hope flooding her eyes.

"Yes, Mom, I think it will," I said, wondering if she just meant my party. "Yes, it will be great," I said again trying to convince myself that maybe this time it would be wonderful. Whatever it was. n

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i love this !

on Nov. 7 2010 at 6:49 am
Jakethesnake SILVER, Hernando, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
"Read, Read... Read everything, then write."-William Faulkner

You are an excellent writer! The only problem I have is that you leave me hanging there. Why did the mom plan the birthday party? Will the dad come back ready to be sober?


Apollo26 said...
on Jul. 7 2010 at 7:30 pm
Apollo26, Abington, Massachusetts
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That was really good. It was kinda short though. Maybe you could ake a sequel or something. Anyways, great job, really gos story!