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Girl Heartbroken Over Cat in the Hat
I'm 13, and I am the saddest girl ever. My cat, Dr. Seuss (I named him after the author who is famous and wrote "The Cat in the Hat") is my best friend. I got him from a shelter when he was just a little ball of black fur that fit in my hand and tried to nurse on my earlobe. I instantly fell in love. I don't have brothers or sisters, and I was kind of lonely until I got Seuss. He sleeps with me every night and waits by the door when I get home from school and follows me around like a dog. I love him so, so, so much.
Here is my horrible problem. The lease is going to be done on our apartment at the end of the year so we are moving because there are some bad people who live in this building. My parents both want to move to an apartment complex not too far away. The apartment is nice, and there is a pool, but they do not take pets!! I would rather live in a cardboard box outside than give up Seuss! I told my parents how I felt and my dad said, "It's just a cat, Emmie." He doesn't understand how I feel at all. My mom always goes along with whatever my dad says. She says maybe my Aunt Anna can take Seuss and then just drops it. After that I ran to my room and cried and cried into Seuss's fur.
Right now I want to take Seuss and run away from home. I feel like I will die of sadness and my parents don't even care. -Brokenhearted
Oh, sweetie, I truly, truly feel your pain. I am a huge animal lover, and I've had cats all my life. Right now there is my cat, Bubba, and my son's cat, Mac Dre. They sleep in each other's arms. It would break my heart to have to give them away, so I know just how you feel. The worse part is that, when you are a kid, you don't have any power over these decisions. You say that you cry alone in your room. Is it possible that your parents have so much on their minds that they haven't really focused on how much this means to you? It sounds like they didn't sign a lease at the new place yet. My suggestion is — you tell your parents you want to talk with them, and it's very important.
This is totally embarrassing. I'm a guy, age 14. My family is from Lebanon. They are very old-fashioned. In the past few months, my eyebrows, which were already kind of large and bushy, grew together in the middle so that I have one long, furry snake eyebrow above my eyes. Kids at school make fun of me all the time. If I saw me, I'd make fun of me. But if I shave between my brows, my parents will kill me. It is against their beliefs. What do I do? —Social Outcast
Well, the rebel in me wants to tell you that you should just shave between your brows so that every day at school isn't a day of fresh hell ... but I am what is known as a "mature grown up" ergo I am not supposed to tell a 14-year-old boy to go against his parent beliefs. So, Plan B. Do you have an aunt or uncle or some adult in your family whom your parents respect, who understands how horrible this situation is for you? I would talk to that person, and then ask them to talk to your parents. You need a bridge between what it's like to be Unibrow Boy in eighth-grade America and having your parents understand that you are not dissing them or their beliefs.
Cherie Bennett is a best-selling author of books for teens and young adults. Visit her website at www.cheriebennett.com. To find out more about Cherie Bennett and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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