April 1, 2010Cherish: New Outsider Girl Cherish is a young mother, trying to complete high school and still raise her son Jonah with love and attention.
Cherish: “But I don’t like school. I want to stay with you,” my son says, pushing out his lower lip.
My heart breaks for just an instant, and then I’m back on task.
“Jonah, you have to go to school. Mommy has to go to school. Same as every day. It’s the same every day! Come3 on baby, why do you have to do this to me? Put on your shoes.”
“Jonah!” I break. I grab him hard and pull him to me. I shove his feet into his sneakers. “You don’t need me to dress you, Jonah. You’re a big boy.”
He clutches at me, but falls when I move back too quickly.
Great, now he’s crying. Great, that means there will be no time to make my lunch or get to my first class on time, and it’s all his fault and I hate—
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