My Mom Hasn't Spoken To Me For A Year Because I Betrayed Her
- Published on Mar 15, 2019
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This is Sam. He doesn’t feel that great about the story he’s going to tell you right now, or more precisely about the way events took a turn after he did what he did. It happened around a year ago when he was 13, and he probably should have made a different decision. Anyway, this is how it happened.
Sam began to feel like his mom didn’t saw him as her little boy anymore after his twin baby sisters were born. She began expecting a lot of help from him all the time, starting with babysitting, and assisting her with house work. Of course, it’s normal to help your parents, but his mom didn’t let him do the stuff he used to do or was supposed to do at his age at all, like playing video games or hanging out with friends. She kept saying that he was a future grown-up man and that he had to start being supportive right now. Luckily, his dad thought the exact opposite. He would help Sam with the work that his mom gave him to do, and always tried to spend some extra time with him, asking him how he was doing. And he would say that mom was simply tired looking after two small babies at the same time, and promised that soon things would change.
Things did indeed, when Sam’s mom took him and his sisters to her parents’ house in a town next to the city on summer vacation. He had spent almost no time with his grandparents, so he was happy to be able to go see them. His grandpa took him on fishing trips - he was an awesome fisherman, while his grandma would help his mom with the babies. After a couple of days there, his mother had almost gone back to being like she was before the twins were born. She was friendlier and nicer, and no longer forbade him from using his time however he wanted to use it. Everything was almost perfect except for one thing - his dad didn't come. He would wait for him every night, but his mom said that he had a lot of work to do. One day, it felt like she was starting to treat him like an adult again. She seemed to distance herself from Sam emotionally, and looked nervous. He was wondering what had happened, but nobody explained anything to him. Then one day he overheard his mom talking to his dad on the phone, saying she wasn’t coming back, and that all three of the children were going stay with her. She put the phone down and saw him staring at her with his eyes full of tears. She knew that this time she wasn’t going to be able to escape the conversation.
Sam couldn’t believe his mom had done this to him and to their family. He was mad at her because she decided to take him away from his dad without even asking what he thought about all of it. She didn’t even let them say goodbye to each other. He was mad at his little sisters because if it wasn't for them, his mom wouldn’t have become so nervous and tired, and their family would probably have been ok. He was even mad at himself for being so stupid and not calling his dad on his own to ask whether he would come to see them. How was he supposed to start life again, without his school that he’d gotten used to, without his friends, without virtually anything he had back at home? Sam honestly doesn’t know why people say that the sad truth is better than a happy lie. His life was about to crash down all around him. Living there after their talk turned out to be torture. His mom kept insisting that he help her, but now he was offended by her more than ever, so he refused to do anything. He had become unintentionally rude with her and every interaction ended in a terrible fight, but he couldn’t help it, he was a lost cause. He remembers how once, he told her that no matter how hard her own life was, she was the only one to blame for the divorce. This made her cry. And all this time she wouldn’t let him call his dad, so he finally just grabbed the phone, dialed his number, and told him how unbearable his mom had become. As always, his dad tried to calm Sam down and support him, saying that he loved him and missed him, and that he wanted to be there next to him to give him a hug. And this forced him to make a tough decision.
One night, when everybody in the house had fallen asleep, he packed up his belongings, went downstairs and called his dad, and asked him to pick him up at the bus stop nearby. At first he tried to convince him to wait until the morning, when he could come and discuss everything with him and his mom, but Sam said that he was literally about to leave the house, so he'd better hurry up. He waited for him for about an hour. But when he saw his dad, worried but happy that he had finally got to see him, his troubles seemed to disappear. The only thing he left for his mom was a text saying that he wanted to live with his father...
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