"Stressful Times" – RS

I’m currently in the 8th grade, I will soon be a 9th grader at IDEA PCS.

I am 14 years old and going through some stressful times. I feel like I have nobody in my corner, no shoulder to cry on. My mother isn’t the best person to go to because she isn’t sensitive enough to talk to. When I talk to others, I feel as though they tell me what I’d rather hear and not what I need to hear. I‘ve said that I have been going through stressful times and by that I mean my mother has been in and out of court. My siblings and I are fine but I am scared for us, my little brother and sister are too young to understand the horrible things that can happen in this cold world. For example, what happens if my mother loses a case? Things can go horribly wrong. I can lose my siblings to a foster home. Losing people that I truly care about would crush me inside.

I didn't really know my mother until I was about seven years old. On my 5th birthday my mother threw me a party at Chuck.E.Cheese. After that, I didn't see her again until I was seven years old. My mother took me from my aunt. Things were hard. Moving from Virginia to D.C., it was hard learning to adjust because I had to meet new people, and had to go to a new school. The worst part about me leaving was the fact that I had to leave my older brother, he was always there for me when I needed him. He was there to help me through any and everything. However, now we don't communicate. There is one person that I’ve met who has helped me out a lot. People think I am not going through anything because I don’t look depressed. To the person who has been there for me during my tough times, I truly want to thank him for standing with me and helping me. Some advice that I’d like to give is to find someone who can pick you up when you are having your down times. A quote that always helped me is by Eleanor Roosevelt -- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

– RS