Runnin Down A Dream-Personal Narrative

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Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Fresh, black rubber smoked as the rusty GMC skidded onto the road with a screeching V8 engine and, “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” on the radio. Behind me a dark cloud hovered menacingly over the house I was leaving. The sun was beckoning me on toward an uncertain future while the motor bellowed forward. In an attempt to clear my mind, I thought of where I was headed and I glanced in the rear-view mirror to see Sparky, my timeworn black terrier who looked in my direction panting with his scruffy hair covering his eyes.
“I don’t know where we’re going bud, but we’re not going back to that place,” I reassured him. It was true, I didn’t know where fate was taking me. Even though
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He had been sneaking my mother's medicine for years. I never knew exactly what he was taking when he would swallow the brightly colored capsules and begin to lose control. When he was at home, he constantly yelled during his weekly pill induced rage that he regrets marrying my mother. He would look at us with bloodshot eyes and a hysterical yet grim look on his face and tell us to die in a car wreck. Pills were not the only thing that my father abused though. My brother and I were the victims of child abuse for years. A distinct memory I have of this abuse was when my father broke my brother’s ribs. My brother had thrown away his cigarettes at an attempt to force him to quit. Instead of understanding my brother’s intentions, our father pushed him to the ground and in one fluid motion, my father snapped his rib cage under his boot. A phone call finally ended our misery. All within a day my father was put in jail, our house was evaluated, and my brother and I were placed in a foster home. Back in those days I was a follower. I would not stand up for myself; I would merely follow my parents or
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