Resilient is a personal essay about a newspaper article that portrayed my family as being highly dysfunctional and abusive, while looking at how I saw my family growing up.
We sit down, sing a short prayer, and dig in. Seth waves his arms in the air and makes a banging sound in the back of his throat. My dad laughs and pushes his hands down as my mom sets a plate of food in front of him. Laughter fills the air as turkey, stuffing, corn, and cranberry sauce is passed around the table in an intimate dinner.
My dad looks at me and jokes that he hasn’t seen me smile that much since I hit my first home run when I was seven.
All I can do is laugh.
I found the newspaper article in a shoe box as I unpacked the boxes in my new room. I stopped what I was doing to read it. I sifted through a few other newspaper articles in the box that mentioned some of my awards in track and softball, but I kept coming back to that article.
The real story that the article failed to find was that my family was one of love. There has never been a day in my life that I have doubted my parents’ love for myself or my brothers. When it really mattered most they were always there. There were moments when things were difficult. Chris used to cut himself. My dad had a mental breakdown. My mom was emotionally distant at points. Seth’s autism was always an obstacle. But we came past all of that.
The article wanted a story of resiliency in two kids. What it should have been looking for was a story of resiliency in a family.
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