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Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)
TITLE: Dear Hope
By Jennifer Hill
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The day I found out about you, my world dropped out from me. I’d picked up a pregnancy test and went to my best friend, Erin’s house. Her parents wouldn’t be home for a while, so I could take the test and no one else had to know.
Erin sat with me on her couch, holding my hand. I was scared to death, what would I do? What was Nick going to say? We’d been going out for over a year, we were serious. After graduation we planned to go to the same college and someday get married. We had planned to wait, but one night we found ourselves alone. Neither one of us had ever gone all the way. We let things go too far. We said we were in love, it was natural. So, that night of course lead to more moments of compromise.
Compromise, funny word, it has promise in it. What we did ruined God’s promise. Purity, I wish my parents had made a bigger deal out of what God has to say about it. Telling me I better never and I’m bad if I do obviously wasn’t enough. Nick, he really cared about me, loved me, made me feel like no one else ever had. We tried to be careful, it just wasn’t enough.
Erin gave me a half smile and squeezed my hand. The timer went off and I froze. I didn’t dare get up, if I looked and it was positive, I thought my life would be over. If it was negative, then I promised to avoid being alone with Nick, that way we would not be tempted.
I made my way to the guest bath and looked at the test on the counter. Negative! At first I thought. The horizontal line was dark and clear. As I picked up the test though, I noticed the vertical line ever so faint, forming a plus sign. I was in fact pregnant. I stared at it. I was going to have to drop out school, give up my dreams of going to college. What had I let happen? I stood there for what seemed forever, long enough for my childhood to end completely. My parents were going to kill me, I thought.
Erin came in and saw the result. She wrapped her arms around me and we both cried. Erin was such a good friend, she offered to go with me to tell my parents, but I told her I had to talk to Nick first.
Nick had just finished working out in the weight room at school, when I met up with him in the parking lot. I told him about the baby. Nick went into shock and then did something I hadn’t at all expected. He dumped me and said it was my problem.
I then went home, my parents were making dinner. I didn’t waste any time in breaking the news to them. I might as well get it over with I thought, the news wasn’t going to get any better. My mom broke down into tears and my dad just hung his head in disgust. Then they looked at each other and mom nodded at him.
“Honey, we’ll make you an appointment at the clinic as soon as possible and take care of it.” He said as though I had a wart that needed removed.
“Take care of it, what are you saying?”
“We’ll get an abortion.” My dad said as if he wanted to get me a new bike.
I couldn’t believe my ears. Who were these people? My family went to church after all!
“No, you mean, I’ll get an abortion. No way. I will not kill this baby, my baby.” I said firmly.
“Then you can leave, we will not have you embarrass us and ruin our lives too.”
And just like that, my whole world dropped out from under me.
We ended up back at Erin’s house. I told her and her parents what had happened. Her family is amazing! It must be the Jesus in them. They did something wonderful for us. They took us in, they accepted us. They promised to help us. They also taught me that choosing God, is more than just going to church, it’s following him in faith.
You are joyfully growing inside of me, you’re eight months along. I may have broken the plans I had, but God’s plans for me are full of hope!
Love, Your Mom.
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