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Children’s Story: “Caitlin II”

on May 6, 2022
(Photo by Vitolda Klein, Unsplash)

The next part of the assignment for my children’s literature writing class was to write a children’s story based on the child I had observed. (See previous post.)

Children’s Story: “Caitlin II”

by Dawn Pisturino

I wasn’t surprised when Jenny told me that her parents are getting a divorce. It seems like every kid I know comes from a broken home. Jenny’s parents fight a lot, and I’ve seen her break down and cry in the girls’ restroom because of it. Don’t parents understand how unhappy they make their kids?

She hopes they’ll make it up and stay together, and I hope they do, too. Jenny is a nice girl with a bright future, and I hate to see her so unhappy.

Why do families have to split up? Why can’t they just love each other and stay together?

My Aunt Lucy and Uncle Tommy got a divorce. I never see Uncle Tommy anymore. He moved to the East Coast and got a new job. Aunt Lucy cried a lot, and my cousin Jeremy got into trouble for stealing money from the neighbor next door. After his father left, he was angry for a long time. I haven’t seen him since last Christmas, but Mom told me that he ran away from home one night and got beat up by a local gang. I’m afraid that someday something really bad will happen to him, and I’ll never see him again.

I love my father, and if he ever left, I think I would die. Just the thought makes me want to cry.

It scared me when my little brother got real sick. His face was red, and his skin was hot, and he slept a lot. Mom rushed him to the emergency room, and he had to stay in the hospital until he got better. I didn’t see Mom for a few days because she stayed in the hospital with him.

Dad and I took care of each other, though. We made dinner together every night, and one night, we went out for pizza. I told him all about my classes in school, the new girl who moved in down the street, and the cute boy I met at the library. I was embarrassed to talk about the cute boy, but Dad just laughed and didn’t tease me at all. I really loved him for that.


Sunday, May 8, 2022, is Mother’s Day. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Dawn Pisturino

July 8, 2008; May 6, 2022

Copyright 2008-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


18 responses to “Children’s Story: “Caitlin II”

  1. soooo sweet and happy Mother’s Day Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Happy Mother’s Day USA//We celebrate here in Costa Rica on August 15th. This piece made me remember how I was also very close with my father…after his death ( I was 11) I had to start to get to know my mother on a new, deeper level.

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  3. Sounds like a diary. Beautiful and well written. Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. spwilcen says:

    Not only based on but from the child’s perspective. Did ya score big extras for that? Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. utahan15 says:

    broken up
    and smoke and mirrors
    explain the pain and tears

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Neal Saye says:

    Joyful, healthy love to … Caitlin.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. elvira797mx says:

    Happy Mother´s Day! Great share, Dawn! Thank’s.
    Happy weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

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