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Created on April 24 , 2014 @ 07:12 PM GMT

The Day I Grew Up

A young girl loses her mother in a car accident and has to take care of her young brother and alcoholic father.

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    • People always told me, don't grow up to fast. But sometimes you have no choice in when you become an adult. Sometimes life throws you curve balls, and the only logical thing to do is catch them. That's what I did. I caught that curve ball, right before it was about to hit me right in the gut, and I took control.

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    • The day my mother's life ended, is the day that mine truly began. Her death wasn't an extremely tagic, crazy death. It was a car accident, and it was her fault. My mother chose to drive drunk, so wouldn't you think that now my father would realize he has a problem? They both did. Not to say they weren't good parents, because they were. They loved me and my brother Johnny unconditionally, they just liked to have a little fun.

      The night my mother died, we were all in the car. She convinced everyone that she "wasn't drunk", which obviously wasn't true. When they tested her blood alcohol level at the hospital later, it was .12. It sucks. I blame her, but I still love her.

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    • I remember once, a few years ago, we were taking a trip down to Florida. We were all so excited, until our car broke down in some measly town outside of Tampa. None of our phones had service, we had no clue where we were, and it was already dark out. For me and my brother, it seemed shitty. To my parents, it was an adventure. My parents pulled out loads of blankets from the back of the car, and told my brother and I to go find sticks. When we came back, our parents had miraculously built two tents. They took the scraps of wood from our hands and started a fire. We cooked on the fire, and roasted marshmellows. And at the moment, it was the best time of my life. It made me realize how easy it can be to turn a not so good situation into something spectacular. It's by far my favorite memory of my family and I. However, it still didn't prepare me for the future. It's not so easy to turn this into a good situation...

    • You know, statistics say that about 28 people die each day from drunk driving? That's over 10,000 people each year. They also say that the highest rate of drunk drivers are between the ages of 21 and 25. But for our family, that wasn't the case. My mom was 41. She can't use the excuse that she was young and dumb. She was middle-aged and had a family to take care of. Now it's my job.

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    • I love my mother and father to death, but now that she's gone, we might as well be, too. My father is now constantly drunk, trying to deal with the grief of losing his wife. My brother... I don't even know what's going on with him. He's in trouble at school just about every day, and he's only 11. The school has called me, more times than I can count, down to the office because he punched a kid, or mouthed off, or stabbed someone with a pencil. He's messed up. And then there's me. I haven't had time to even think about how I feel since the accident. I'm too busy taking my mom's place. Drunk driving took away my mom, messed up my brother, is killing my dad, and left me to take care of my family alone. I'm okay, because I caught the curve ball that life threw me. But as for my brother and father, they let it hit them. Hard.

    • So here's my question for you... Is it really worth it?

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