The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

My Mom Got Caught Stealing at the Toy Store

My heart hurt when I realized what she took

A brown-haired woman holds an oversized teddy bear up against her face, nuzzling noses with the stuffed animal

“Hurry up. Let’s go,” my mom whispered, rushing toward the toy store’s exit.

I wasn’t sure why we were hurrying, but maybe my younger siblings had to use the bathroom. We usually left quickly when that happened.



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Missy Crystal

Working through my trauma one story at a time. Thanks for joining me on my journey.