by Adrienne Drake, M.D.
When Adrienne was seven years old, her parents went through a bitter divorce, to which her brother and she had front row seats.
When the time came for them to leave their home and she asked why, the only explanation her mother gave her was, “Your father doesn’t love you anymore, so we are going to move to a new house.”
Adrienne wondered what she had done to make him stop loving her, and what she could do to right this terrible wrong. Her mother was right about one thing. They were moving to a place where the schools were much better than in the place they were leaving. But the first day of school in her new third grade class was another nightmare. Although school had always been her refuge, she was now as lost in school as she was in life. Soon her teacher, Miss DeYoung, noticed her distress. For the rest of that year, she spent every lunch hour with this lost little girl until she mastered her Roman numerals and gained so much more.
While her mother smelled of alcohol and cigarettes, Miss DeYoung smelled like fresh roses. She became a quiet, stable presence in Adrienne’s life
Miss DeYoung is now published in
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