Child Divorce Story of Syd

by Sydney
(Sherrard, IL)

Growing up there where things I did not understand. Like why my daddy would come in and break things. Or why my daddy hurt my mom.

When I was just a little girl I was sleeping in my mommy's bed with her because my dad was not home.

He came home very late and charged into the room and picked up the tv and threw it to the ground. He started to yell at my mom. My mom has told me this story plenty of times.

She says that once he saw me crying he stopped and realized what he was doing. My mom and dad had never really been that perfect couple. They would argue a lot. Now that I am a teenager, I understand what was happening.

My mom was being abused. I have seen my dad punch her in the face, drag her down the stairs, flick rubber bands at her, etc. My mom never told anyone because she didn't want him to seem like a bad guy since he was a father.

Well, when I was about to turn 8 I got the news that my parents were getting a divorce. I hated my mom because I thought she was doing this to tear us apart. I was a little kid and thought my dad was the greatest man alive. I told him that when he moved out I would come with him and we didn't need mom.

After mom filed for divorce, dad got worse. All he did was cry. And break things. Since my mom was scared, she would leave at night and go stay with her friend Misty who had been her BFF all through high school. Misty was like an aunt to me.

I remember, my dad took me and my sister out to the living room and told us he bought a new blow up mattress that we were going to camp out on. We got the mattress out of the box and we were so excited. We had a lot of fun and mom was gone. When it was time to go to bed, I slept in the middle since I am the youngest. My dad was telling us that the only reason they got divorced is because my mom was cheating on him. I told my mommy that and she got very mad. She said that she would never do such a thing.

Now that I am thirteen I know the truth. My mom was cheating. I never thought of it but her 'friend' Jim was a boyfriend. She had been seeing him since I was 6. After they split up she dated a man named Mike.

After they split up she dated a man (This guy is my favorite) named Luther. Luther was like the dad I never had. He took us to do things, his family loved us, he was nice. But then my mom broke up with him. She married a man named Corey. I do not like him. I do not like his family.
My dad, has been with the same person for almost 4 years. Her name is Cathrina. I love her two older kids, Devin and Daityn, but I HATE her two younger kids, Caidyn and Mason. Cathrina is very nice and is willing to do anything for anyone.

I wish that my parents never got divorced. I am the only one out of my friends that have divorced parents. And to this day, I have not forgiven my mom for cheating on my dad.

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Jun 19, 2013
Cause and effect
by: Emmily Napier

Dear Syd,

Thank you very much for sharing your story with us. As I understand from your long story, you have gone through many difficult years.

I am wondering whether your dad started to abuse your mother because she had a boyfriend or that your mother got herself a boyfriend because your father abused her?

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