Chapter Six (2)
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was handsome, impossibly tall, and intelligent.  Unlike me, he grew up in the lap of privilege, and was the shining apple of his parents’ eyes. I didn’t just fall in love with him, but also with everything that potentially came with him. A beautiful life, loving parents, his outgoing personality. Suddenly, Beth’s warning about protecting your heart seemed unnecessary. After all, she was holding on to a distant memory, a past that didn’t belong to either of us. It was Beth who chose to believe that the world was a place that could cause you irreparable damage. I began to think that the world isn’t full of cruelty and heartache. That just because Beth had seen some shit,  just because we had witnessed our mother’s demise time and time again, with every love she brought home; it did...

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