Personal Narrative: Wendy's Story

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“It is amazing how much you have to do to prove you will treat a dog well, and yet anyone can have a baby.” I will never forget those words my mother said to me the day we were finally allowed to bring our Springer Spaniel puppy home. I was twelve at the time, and even then her words had an impact on me. Reading Wendy’s introduction, those words came to me. I felt angry and sad, how could a mother not want her child? How could a mother tell her seven-year-old daughter to leave and find her real father? I really do try to hold back on judging other people but when it comes to abuse towards the innocent, I just do not understand. Wendy’s story reminds me of a two-year-old boy I worked with this summer who had been left in his crib for the first six months of his life. He had been diagnosed with failure to thrive and was far behind his peers in terms of physical and cognitive development. My heart broke every time I watched him and his five-year-old brother get picked up by a different social worker depending on the day of the week. What on earth had that little boy done to deserve that rejection from his own blood? From the woman who had carried him for nine months? The small comfort I can find in this little boy’s situation is at least he, unlike Wendy, is not …show more content…
She expanded as her voice enabled her to express herself and things in her life more fully and expansively. I found it interesting that Wendy turned fairy tales into a means of expressing her story. It is almost as if she was aware of it being her story and yet somehow she dissociated from it at the same time. Jean described Wendy acting out as an omnipotent teacher, a TV personality or a pop star who addressed imaginary children as she sang or spoke about her life events. Jean met Wendy’s storytelling through her nonintrusive music playing. The music held Wendy’s talking, singing and acting as it met her movements, tempo and

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