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dad so angry. But why? Why is he mad? This is my life! "Now, you stop it, Charlie!" Aunt Lisa charges in the kitchen. "You know the real reason why y'all got evicted, so stop lying to Jayda and yourself. Those kids are not to blame for your gambling!" Gambling? I'm so confused. I look over to Jay, and he seems as lost as I am. The argument between my dad and aunt escalates quickly into a screaming match, with my mom playing referee. My heart crashes. I feel myself losing my balance, so I sit down. I've never seen my father in this light. I feel lied to. The home I called my own was torn away from me for a gambling addiction? "I'm going to be a fertility nurse!" I shout loudly, silencing the argument. "I have been pulled and twisted from everything, but, during my internship, I found comfort. I felt as if I finally had a home again, and I can't let that go. I refuse to let that go. I wouldn't be able to function right if I let that go." Everyone just sits in silence. As we end the night, I know without a doubt that I, Jayda Marie Bryant, will be going to Duke University School of Nursing to pursue a career as a certified fertility nurse.

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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...