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IS THAT MY MOTHERS WORDS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH My favorite phrase during my teenage years was When Ihave children I wont treat them like you treat me Now I am sure every mother on earth has heard their daughters say thesewords but at the time I had put all the venom a 13 year old couldinto those words I was sure I had deeply wounded my motherand this would send her screaming into the dark Carolina night Iwas so wrong She didnt turn a hair on her permed head Could itbe she had heard these words before Her single retort wouldalways be Wait until you have children of your own and youll seewhat I have to put up with Little did I realize these words wouldsomeday come back to haunt me and upset the serene picture I Imagine my disbelief when my own daughter Angie and Ihad our first serious argument We were discussing her curfew andwhen she was expected to be home No excuses excepted Wedefinitely had a difference of opinion and the air had suddenly became tense with barely hidden animosity Just as we both werelosing control I heard my mothers words coming through loud andclear I looked around our kitchen thinking my mom was paying asurprise visit and had helped herself to our argument But sadly theI felt lightheaded with shock when I realized it was me sayingthe words that had echoed around my mind since childhood Iheard myself say If you live in my house youll do as I say I hadeven copied the tone of my moms voice I had backslid to a darkplace that I had promised myself I would never visit Visit I hadtaken out a lease and moved right in Suddenly a stranger thing was happening My sainted nowmother was right All the things I had heard her say was for myown good
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