The Opening

This is the introduction of my senior speech. I give it in 2 months. I just decided on the topic, and I’m incredibly nervous and anxious about giving it. But I’ve decided I need to be strong and say what I need to say. We can’t all be silent.

  Five words. The five words that made me really realize what was happening to me. 

It’s hard to love you.

      Her voice cracked as she said these words to me, as I was already crying from the preceding fight. Was it because I’m not the straight, die-hard Catholic that she wanted me to me? Was it because I have mental health issues that make me complicated? Or was it simply because I’m not a perfect daughter?

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