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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)

TITLE: An Only Child's Prayer
By Debra Elliott


Mary Magdeline is my name. My parents are Christians and my parents named me for a prostitute. Go figure. Anyway, I am an only child. My parents Doris and Herbert were in their late forties when I was born, so I don't have any siblings. Of couse, I have been spoiled with everything money can buy, but the one thing I am missing is their love.

I often wonder why they never had any childern before I came along. I ask mama why I didn't have any brothers or sisters. "Mary Magdeline, she said, God didn't see fit to bless us with any children until he thought it was the right time and then you came along."

I didn't question her again about why I was an only child because she would start in on how God was punishing her for her past sins and how I didn't deserve any siblings. I should be thankful she said that I was an only child. "Some children don't have anything, Mary Magdeline and you have more than they could ever wish for." Mama was right, I guess. I didn't dare ask daddy. My daddy, you see is a wife beater. He beats my mama and goes to church on Sunday like he didn't do anything wrong. I pray at night that the Lord would see fit to give me another family with loving parents and brothers and sisters.

It is getting harder to hid what is going on in my house. My parents fighting has gotten worse. I want to run away, but I am so scared. I still pray. "Lord, I beg you to take me away." I know I am not suppose to pray like that but, I don't really know how to pray.

When I close my eyes, I can see all the evil in my house that surrounds my parents. Sometimes I pray not to wake up, but I do and my life goes on.

Today is the last day of highschool and I am graduating, finally I will be free of my parents. I am leaving for college in two weeks. God did answer my prayer. Only not what I ask for but what He knew I needed.

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Irvine Saint-Vilus05/08/08
I feel very bad for Mary Magdelene in this heart-wrenching story. I think the fact that her parents named her that and in light of how they have acted toward her, the name seems very foretelling. I was surprised upon reading how the father was treating the mother. Though I'm glad her prayers were answered and she is leaving the house, I feel bad about the situation and remain worried about her as a reader. How will her home life impact her in the future? Perhaps, this story is not over.
Dee Yoder 05/09/08
So sad that children have to be raised in this kind of home. The MC can be sure that God sees and knows what she's gone through.
Beth LaBuff 05/09/08
Mary Magdaline's name defintiely got my interest. Your story is very heart-breaking. As to the parents being "Christian," only God knows. If this is true, I hope Mary is able to forgive and not follow in her parents "foorsteps".