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Cry In The Night

"Stop it, stop it, stop it!" Kelly shrieked from the top of the stairs, covering her ears in a futile  attempt to block the sound of her parents quarreling down below. They didn't hear her, and didn't realize that she heard every hateful word they exchanged. She buried her head beneath her pillow and cried herself to sleep. The night drifted into an uneasy quiet, which culminated in deafening silence at the breakfast table. Kelly's father tried to break the ice by joking with his daughter. She smiled weakly at his efforts, knowing that last night's story would replay tonight.
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16 comments:

  1. I think too many can identify with this. What parents do affects their children. It is fact. Often, children grow up and repeat it, though not all do. I didn't.

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    1. Yes Annie, it is story all too familiar. I applaud you and anyone else who has decided that they wanted to break the cycle of family violence and make their home a place of peace and love. You are living proof that it can be done!

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  2. This just makes my heart sink....too familiar....But so well written...Kudos ...It definitely brings a response. thank goodness as Ann points out there are those who choose to do it differently for our own sakes and that of our kids.

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    1. I think that many of us remember nights light this Zoe, and how I wish we didn't. Any parent who believes their child doesn't hear or doesn't know what's going on, is kidding themselves. Kids are observant, they are perceptive... and they deserve so much better!

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  3. Yep, I remember these nights. Oh yes I do. I'm guessing you do too.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. ☺

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    1. Yes, Ma'am, many the nights that my sisters and I stood on the stairs listening to the arguing below. It was devastating. For my own children, I decided that it was better to remove them from that environment than have it continue. Children need a sense of security and deserve a peaceful sleep. I think this is why you and I cherish the loving, peaceful homes that we live in now, Sandee!:-)

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  4. Uh-oh... sounds like something bad is going to happen.
    : )

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    1. Doesn't sound like a very fun place for a kid to live, does it Joseph? Fights have a way of escalating into very bad situations indeed. Children who grow up in peaceful homes are very blessed!

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  5. Very well written and sadly, true in many homes.

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    1. Thank you Gail, I tried to write it from a child's perspective, one who doesn't really understand all that is taking place, only that it hurts to hear mom and dad fighting, when they are the two people you love and need the most. I wish no child ever had to live this way, it is a choice, adults can choose to handle their problems in a different way.

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    1. It is sad, Shimon, but what is important is what we choose to make of our lives once we have grown up. We can let the past define us, or we can decide that we want something better and make it happen!

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  7. Yikes,not nice at all. I'm not sure what's worse....the arguing at night or the silence at the breakfast table. I always say one thing when there is strife within family settings and it's this....we never know fully what goes on inside a family home or whose fault a family split may be( although each side tries to convince you that it's the other ones fault) but what we do know is that it's 'not' the child's fault...they 'are' the innocent party. I work in a nursery and I see a lot of family unrest,unfortunately.
    Very well written though Josie,as usual :-) x

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    1. You are right about that Jess, it takes two in a relationship, and it also take two to argue, you can't do it by yourself! The children are always the silent victims, and we see the damage that is being done. I always shake my head at couples who say "we don't do it in front of the kids." The kids know if there is conflict in the house, even if they don't hear the words spoken in anger, the know, and it hurts them. We can choose another way!

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  8. We never had yelling or loud arguments in our house...but the silence was deadly. Two sides of the same coin, I think.

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    1. I so agree, Patricia. I have a family member who used to stop speaking to her husband for days, yet she swore that his children weren't aware there was discord in the house. Seriously?! I think that silence may be even more upsetting for children, because they can't always read what's going on, who is mad and why, and what is coming next. It just isn't necessary to live like that, or to have your kids in that kind of environment, it is unfair to them!

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