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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
- TITLE: Identity Crisis
By Donna Powers
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Well, for one thing: I don’t look a bit like any of them. Everyone can see I’m different, and they call out hurtful comments; when we are out and about. After all, Mother makes us all travel together and anyone can see the difference. I don’t know why my appearance ruffles their feathers so badly. Mother just ignores them, but my brothers and sisters always cringe. Of course, they hear the comments. They are probably embarrassed just to have me with them. What does Mother say? Well, what could she say? She just tells everyone, “She’s just different; that’s all. Let’s move along, children.” As if that’s that. If you could hear the names they call me… well, I’m sure you can guess.
Why is it so important for me to look like them? Well, honestly, Dr. Crane. I can’t expect you to understand. No one doubts you’re a Crane. You look like every other Crane. You can’t know how it feels; to question your identity on a daily basis.
What do you mean: “Just accept it?” Oh, how I wish I could. I suppose my life would be much simpler. If I even looked a little bit like Mother, I’d …. What’s that? Maybe I look like my Father? Well, to be honest, Mother never told me who he is. When I’ve asked, she just changes the subject. Once I thought I heard her mention the name Drake; to one of my siblings– but that could have been my imagination.
Is it so much to ask; that I want to fit in with my family? That I want to make them proud of me? That I want them to be glad I’m part of them? They do try to accept and include me, but I just don’t fit in. Well, of course, I’ve considered I may be adopted. I even asked Mother, but she told me not to be silly.
Well, Dr. Crane. I suppose I just need to accept the way I look and get on with my life. Thanks so much for your time. I’ll pay your receptionist, on my way out.
What did you say? I’ve changed? Well, I should hope I’ve changed, Dr. Crane. I’ve been coming to see you for therapy for several weeks now. I certainly hope I’m moving forward with my acceptance of this situation; considering the fees I pay for your services.
What’s that? My appearance has changed? Oh, don’t be silly, Dr. Crane. I looked at my reflection before I came into this session and I look as the same as always.
You say my appearance has completely changed; during the session? Well, how can that be? Well, all right. If you insist, I’ll look at myself again.
Why… Doctor! You were right! I can’t believe it! I am different! Why I’m graceful and regal, and … look at my neck! My color is paler and I look completely different. Well, this explains everything! Oh, I must go now! I can’t wait to show everyone else!
Well, Dr. Crane? Those other birds can’t call me “Ugly Duckling” anymore, can they? Not when everyone realizes I've obviously been a swan, all along!
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