Originally Posted by calico2222
Did anyone else almost go into a panic when they realized they weren't kids anymore? Or is it just me?
I never had a childhood so to speak. My Mother abandoned us when I was 9 years old, and then came back when I was 10 years old and my parent's separated. My Mother couldn't handle working full time and being a full time mother and took her frustrations out on my brother and me, but mostly me because my brother was older and could manage to get out of harms way.
When I was 13 my brother moved out which left me at home with my mother who by now was really sick with emphysema so I became her primary care giver and the responsibility of shopping, house cleaning, cooking, her personal and medical care and ordering of her medical supplies all fell onto me.
She also spent weeks and months at a time in the hospital at which time I lived alone and had to babysit and sell crafts while going to school in order to help pay the bills because we were on social assistance and while my mother was in hospital they reduced our income.
Two weeks before my 16th birthday she died and I went to live with my brother who was 20 or 21 and his family. I had to pay room and board and everything I needed myself. The only thing I got from them was a roof over my head. I was working full time while going to high school full time and didn't have time for any childhood socializing.
I moved out on my own when I was 19 years old.
So I've pretty much have been self supporting since I was 13 years old and never really had a chance to get shocked by the sudden onset of adulthood.