Rewrite: The Tough-Love Giving Tree

Rewrite: The Tough-Love Giving Tree

I was six years-old the first time I realized that life would not always stay the same. My mother and father had talked during dinner about their college experience, and how difficult it was when their parents left them so far from home. Even though the story had a Disney ending, I was traumatized. I went to my bedroom and began to cry. When my mom checked on me, I told her that I never wanted to leave home. My  mother, being the eternal realist, didn't go with the "Hey, you're six years-old so I'll tell you that ...


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