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mother. "Oh, honey, come in. Your brother is here." I roll my eyes and follow Mom into the kitchen, where I find Jay telling my dad about career day. My dad turns to me and says proudly, "That's going to be you soon, Jayda! Sharing with everyone about your career as a lawyer." Something strikes a nerve. I don't know if it's my dad's excitement, Jay's presence, or my conversation from earlier today with Mr. Cole. I can't hold it in any longer. Now is the time to tell them what I've had the urge to say for the longest. "No, Dad. I'm not. I want to be a fertility nurse and go to Duke University for nursing." My dad throws down his wine glass. I have never seen him so angry. "Baby, calm down. Let's talk to Jayda," my mom attempts to quiet his rage. "No, Lauryn, you don't understand. I have ruined my whole life for these kids. Look at us. In Lisa's house living like savages. Just for her to say that she wants to be some fertility nurse." I now take a breath I didn't even know I was holding. Out of my seventeen years of living, I have never seen my 71

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...