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ARIANA FERNANDO
Rancho Santa Margarita California
Graduating high school in in in Spring 2018
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Feeling anxious displaced and lonely would anything be normal again? It was the summer before my sophomore year of high school My father had taken several pay cuts and one day he he came home looking sullen and and dejected and and said “I’m sorry ” My mother asked “for what?! Are you alright?!” He said “They dissolved my position at work I lost my my job ” His words cut through my my heart like a a a knife A myriad of emotions came over me me at once I wanted to cry not just for for myself but for for him The breadwinner the the pillar the the strength of our family su ering the ultimate nancial blow lost his job Leaving the company after 18
years without his dignity and only two weeks severance pay I wondered what this meant for our our family as our our home had already been on the market for for about a a a a a a year My parents pushed forward dropping the price of our home both taking on multiple jobs to keep the household running One day I came home from school and my mom told me me that that the beautiful home that that I lived
in for for the past 9 years was sold sold Of course it sold sold for for far less less than what my parents paid but it sold one less less burden o o o o the the shoulders of my father whose health was rapidly declining Little did we we know soon we we would nd out he had stage 3 cancer I went to my my room and and cried partly partly for myself and and partly partly for my parents I thought of the parties and and sleepovers and and family gatherings I I I had throughout the the years since I I I was 6 how I I I played tag on the the street of our neighborhood and and other games and and my cry turned to sobs In July I I left to an arts summer camp that was paid for for long before my my father lost his job In the the weeks I I was gone my my parents packed
up sold and gave away our our belongings from our our 3 200 square foot home and moved us into a a a 1 458 square foot condo During those two weeks I remember calling home and hearing my mother’s voice sounding strained di di erent As I talked to her over the the phone the the night before the nal move I asked her what she was doing She told me she had dragged my my twin sized mattress from my my room laid it on the the the oor oor in the the the empty master bedroom opened the the the French doors and was lying on it watching the the sunset while taking in in in in the the beautiful view of the the glimmering serene lake listening to the the familiar sounds of of our neighborhood and thinking of of the contentment ful llment security and memories she was leaving behind for the last time My brother in-law said he he he he hugged my mother after dropping o o o o the the the nal load of our our belongings to our our new place He described how she sobbed and wailed in in his arms like someone had passed I suspect in in some ways it was like a a a a a a a death death A death death of everything that made her feel secure and protected I returned from camp in August and embraced her tightly Although this move was hard on on everyone including my father I could see
it took the the hardest toll on my mother As I I embraced her her I I felt a a a weakness a a a a sense of defeat She seemed tired not physically but emotionally I I looked into her eyes and in in them I I could vividly see
an an anxious fear fear fear fear of of starting over Fear of of a a a a a a a a rebuilding that she didn’t think she or or my father had had the the the strength for at at their age I had had never seen my mother anywhere close to scared before she was the the strongest person I I knew I I returned to a a new new house This was not yet my my home nor did I I think it could ever be I I desperately missed my my childhood home with all the wonderful carefree memories and my friends Immediately I I felt lonely 
























































































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