Looking in the mirror, the reflection I see is a 15 year old child looking at me Up until now my innocence was intact I went from child to parent and there was no turning back I had no clue how to handle these new responsibilities My father and mother turned their back on me, who would guide me Being a "disappointment," stupid, and being told I would never amount to anything was the advice they saw fit to give me My maternal instinct had to kick in, A child caring for a child Learning that my needs were no longer first but second My own growth paused to provide the best care I could to try to raise my son into a man No one showed me how to care for me Emotionally inept to care for myself, later on in life it would show itself