When things didn’t work out between my mom and dad I was very sad, confused and angry. My mom and dad separated when I was 9 and my brother was 4. It was Christmas time and so many things began to change from that moment. Dad ended up leaving our home, but before he left he broke a lot of things and tore apart pictures. Our house looked like it had been broken into and I was extremely scared.
Dad was now gone and my mom did what she could but it wasn’t enough. Our house was taken by the bank and my mom only had a short amount of time to pack up everything we had and put it in storage. Mom was embarrassed because there were notices from the bank posted on our front door that all the neighbours could see. The electricity and heat were cut off and we knew she was running out of time.
Our grandma (my mom’s mom) let us move into her house while mom figured out what we were going to do, and get back on our feet. My brother and I had to change schools and leave a lot of our things behind or in storage.
It took a long time for things to change, but after everything was finalized in court, then things started to turn around. My mom found us a house, which wasn’t far from the new school so we didn’t have to change again. We had our own bedrooms again, and a backyard to play in.
I am now in high school and happy that things are settled. I was angry for a long time and didn’t know why our life had to change. I missed the way things were and didn’t understand why my parents couldn’t just get along.
We have a routine now and I know what to expect when I am with my mom; and when I am with my dad. I wish I’d known at the time that everything WOULD be okay, just like my mom kept telling me they would be. It’s nice to see my mom and dad happy again…even though they are apart.