The Listening House
"It is amazing how returning to this house is stepping into a warped time machine; the parent-child dynamics remain the same, the behaviors that, for much of high school, I grew to accept. Now, though, I fight against this resentment, the way neglect stings and hurts and feels, often, personal: both like a condemnation and reflection of how much love one deserves."
"What is grief if not the act of survival? How can it be anything else but persisting through an enormous loss? After my mother's death, I learned quickly that I would need to parent myself or find parents in others. It became easier over the years; not because my father became more nurturing, but because I'd become an adult."
"I hate her death for how it knocked my family down, but I hate also how I believe I needed it to become who I am."
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