Six Sentence Story: Discerning

It was an all too familiar scene, her mother exploded with exasperation, tempers frayed and a shouting match ensued.

They were moving again and as usual mum said she had no choice, job stuff, why didn’t Emma understand?

But Emma did, she understood her mother didn’t care that she’d be leaving all her friends behind, again, that she’d have to start over, again, be the new girl, which wasn’t very easy for an introvert like her.

She hated moving, she hated mum for leaving dad, she hated dad for being distant, she hated her life, so she decided to run away.

Four hours on the street after midnight, gulping back tears, she crept back into the house, stopping short, seeing her mum sitting in a dark corner with a calculator and bills, crying softly.

For the first time, Emma felt she understood.


Written for Six Sentence Stories, Β this week the cue is FRAY.

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20 Responses to Six Sentence Story: Discerning

  1. valj2750 says:

    What a sad story. How true though, that children see things through their own eyes and own perspective and it takes while for them to see another side of life besides their own. (Some adults , too). I’d love to read more of this story and hope for a happy ending for Mom and Emma.

    • swritings says:

      So true, at times everybody (old and young) tend to have their own perspectives and find it hard to see change. Thank you so much for reading & commenting, I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  2. ivywalker says:

    Oh. Heartbreaking. A bit more honesty and a little less trying to protect our kids from EVERYTHING can help defray some of the misunderstanding

  3. lrconsiderer says:

    That’s sad. I’m glad she got some understanding but I think it sucks she wasn’t even missed (or perhaps that’s just my assumption)

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Very heartbreaking, the mum is only trying to find stable jobs that make ends meet. I’m glad the daughter understood at the end why her mum kept moving them. The mum was only doing her best to provide for her daughter. But I can understand how the daughter feels too. My Dad was a Pastor’s son, and every time my Grandpa accepted a call to a new congregation/church they moved. He felt similar to the girl, my Mom tells me.

  5. dyannedillon says:

    That story probably happens way too often. Nicely done!

  6. Wow! Great story! It says so much in just 6 sentences. Well done!

  7. Oh how sad. We often think we want to know and understand things but when we do we often wish we didn’t.

  8. I know so many kids that have been thru this situation, so much emotional jarring and uprooting, and sometimes it truly is the only answer. I agree with Ivy, let the kids in on the struggles, at a level they can handle, there is a good deal more understanding when they aren’t questioning why. Be sensitive to their struggle to adapt too. Really good story with lessons for all!

  9. oldegg says:

    The earlier children understand about the difficulties of surviving the better. The tale you told must be repeated in various forms countless times when there is a separation or money difficulties that affects the family. Well written tale.

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