Interesting essay from a step daughter's perspecitve
So, in my regular life I teach English.
Today, I graded a personal narrative from a student who admitted to greatly disliking her step mom. I'd love to post an excerpt of the narrative here for general knowledge...edification? But I'm not sure of the ethics of that.
The gist of the story was this. Step daughter greatly dislikes stepmom. Doesn't know why. Just...dislikes her for no reason, by her own admission. After several years, her stepmom moves out. Step daughter is "utterly devastated" (her words) and can't understand why she is having these feelings. This person who she has disliked and tried to avoid for years is leaving...and she feels hurt and abandoned by her. A few months later, before step mom and dad can reconcile, step mom dies in a terrible car crash. Step daughter goes into counseling and therapy because she is in such grief. She realizes that she loved and adored her step mom...that her step mom was always there for her in ways big and small...and her biggest regret is how she treated her and drove this supportive, wonderful person out of her life and her dad's life.
So...cathartic? I wonder if any other skids find themselves "surprised" by grief and feelings of loss when their step moms have finally had enough and move out. And...I wonder if there's a way to convince Disney Dads that they don't want their kids losing another union / losing a stepmom....