...And Me in Ringlets: A Reflection

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The story of one womans life that will touch the heart of the reader. Born to alcoholic parents, her first years are filled with fighting and discord, and even a bit of incest, until she is nine and her parents divorce. In the following year, life disintegrates through several moves across the country, an alcoholic stepfather, and separation from her older sister, her only security. In that year, she attends five schools, and will attend fourteen before her school days are done. At ten, she and her sister are taken away from their mother, and Ruth moves through six foster homes, the last one quite oppressive. She then faces pregnancy and is forced to relinquish her baby. Upon marriage, life seems wonderful until an accident almost kills her husband. Her second daughter brings true meaning to her life, but due to her own divorce, she must raise her daughter alone. She goes on to begin to grow, searches and finds her first daughter and begins to face the demons of her childhood, finally achieving self worth and confidence, until one day her life is once again shattered.
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Ruth Colaw, a child of the 40s, was born to creative and intelligent parents who also were alcoholics. Upon their divorce when Ruth was nine, she left a less than innocent childhood only to enter a world not innocent at all. Taken from her mother at age ten, she moved through six foster homes in many different towns and would attend a total of fourteen schools before her school days were done, remarkably graduating with honors. At nineteen, she was faced with pregnancy out of wedlock and would be forced to relinquish her baby, only adding fuel to her beaten down sense of self-worth. She married at twenty-one, but her husband went overseas for a year, then was almost killed in a car crash after his return. The birth of her second daughter brought immense joy, but Ruth was then faced with raising her alone after her own divorce. This is the point at which the long road to recovery was begun, her daughter pulling her along at times. They grew up together, at the same time, often switching roles, and it is to her daughter that Ruth has dedicated this story.

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Mar 1, 2002
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Social Science / Women's Studies
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