There are a whole lot of systems and beliefs that many of us have had the luxury of taking for granted: the hope that our parents will nurture us and love us. The idea that if we call the police when we feel unsafe they will come to our rescue. The assumption there will be a village to help support us and our children. The hope that the people who claim to love us really do, and will act like it even when, especially when, things get hard.
A lucky few of us walk through our whole lives having these preconceived notions fulfilled.
Bree, though, saw all of these things, things she thought could count on, fall away, one by one, until she was desperate and lonely and afraid.
But through it all Bree was brave enough to focus on the future she dreamt of, rather than the present that betrayed her. This is a story marred with heartbreak, yes, but it’s more so a story of how a young woman, in the midst of hardship, chose to keep going, full of tenacity and hope.