The Sad Little Girl~A Poem

Childhood Depression

Her legs are like rubber, her head feels confused

The weight of the world crushes and leaves her all bruised

with such chaos at home it seems nothing looks nice

She has no one to talk to or ask for advice

She feels invisible to the world and those all around her

Why cant anyone see me, am I just a blur

She see's a dark world where there is no sun

Life is depressing with no chance of fun

She wonders if daylight will ever come through

She see's only pain in her little girl view

Her world is so lonely, she doesn't feel strong

I am a nothing and I don't belong

Why won't someone see me and help me get up

I'm slipping away like a half empty cup

I notice kids playing and laughing at school

Why can't I feel good, this world is so cruel

Help me dear Lord so they don't see me cry

I don't want to live but I'm too scared to die


Childhood Depression

Although most of my classmates would tell you I was a happy child, that was not always the case. I grew up in a dysfunctional family of two alcoholic parents. I learned how to survive the chaos and uncertainty, but depression and anxiety was a by product of my difficult childhood. I've learned strategies to help me live a fulfilling life despite the depression and anxiety; including eventually getting on an anti-depressant.

Childhood Depression

Depressed Children

Were you a Sad or Depressed Child

  • Yes-It was tough to act happy in school as a kid
  • No-I was your basic happy kid for the most part
  • Only once in a while when something difficult was happening
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Depression and Your Child: Guide for Parents

© 2010 Linda Rogers

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alecialynne profile image

alecialynne 6 years ago from Florida

I use to feel like that when I was a little girl. I can relate. Very strong!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank You Alecialynne-I was a sad child but turned out to be a Happy Adult. Thx for your comment.


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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Wow twinhead, you summed up our childhood perfectly.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks sister-I made it through because of you.


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swosugrad09 6 years ago from Oklahoma

This is so sad. Beautifully written though.


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Tkumah 6 years ago

So may kind souls suffer from the cruelty of this world.

I hope that, that little girl grew up to be a talented and beautiful woman who brings joy to others.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

She sure did, thx Tkumah


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Tara Tufford 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

This is sad but very pretty. It makes me think of all those children that really do feel this way at such a young age...because of family life at home or because of where they were born in this world. It also made me feel lucky to have what I have.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thx for your heartfelt comments Tara.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

So very heartfelt. . . and generous of you to share.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Nellieanna-That means a lot to me!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

swosugard-Thanks for stoppin by and giving me a nice comment. Much appreciated.


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jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Incredible ! It makes me so angry that a child should feel this way !! Min you should be so proud to illustrate it so well,best from jandee


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

jandee-What a lovely compliment from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading some of my hubs. It means a lot.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Very powerful words lass. More great stuff!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hmrjmr1-Thank you for such a nice compliment. I really appreciate hearing what people think of my poetry. Thanks for taking out time to read my work and comment. Have a great night.


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI

So sad a little girl has to suffer such sorrow. You captured the essence of a little girl trapped in sadness beautifully.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much crazybeanrider for your kind words about the poem. Even sad poetry is healing to write. Happy New Year:)


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Yeah something I can relate to as well, people just miss who you are as they are to busy, or just not paying attention to who you are. They miss your presence and essence.


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Cracknutcase 5 years ago from India,bangalore

Heart wrenching yet beautiful and very nicely done.. At some point of time, we've all felt this way.. I can relate well to it..

Thanks for writing and sharing this with the rest of us...

Take care and keep smiling :)))))


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Absolutely Hattie- I see too how, when I was a little girl, teachers were not trained to see depressed children and what to do about it. I was one bummed out little girl and didn't know how to name it.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Yeah, it's something you don't understand why you feel it, or going through it. Than they all just look at you like what's wrong with you! lol


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Cracknutcase-Yes, I was a sad little girl with so much going on at home and noone knew or didn't know what to do about in those days. So glad I'm an adult now and can name what it was: Depression. Probably why I was interested in Psychology and got my Bachelor and Master's degree in it. Very healing:)


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Yeah same here with Social work, but probably makes us better counselors! We've been there and done that! No where they are, and like someone once told me, without experiencing the client doesn't feel comfortable with you because they don't think you understand. So they don't always take your counseling as valid, but if you have been there than they are more apt to listen to you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I so agree with that concept. It's like an alcoholic who counsels those with addictions. They (counselor's) get it and the client feels safe with them because of it. It always helps when we humans know that we are not alone in our plights and struggles.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Exactly! It's amazing when we go through it we don't see the plan ahead and how God can use us in others lives, but when we get there we can look back and see how we are a blessing to them today! :)


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Cracknutcase 5 years ago from India,bangalore

I can understand... Grown ups more often than not have a hard time figuring out the fact that kids do feel lonely and depressed.. I quite remember going for psychoanalysis all by myself after my mum's death, I was just 11yrs old back then and the shrink was actually surprised that a kid could feel so much...

I'm glad u over came the hurdles of ur life and are happy now... May u remain so forever...


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I have always been a believer that everything happens for a reason and if we can look at the positive's to our struggles, then we can use it to help others and figure out God's plan. I can't tell you how my struggles in life have made me a better person and shaped who I am. Wow, are you and I ever kindred spirits. So cool:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Ya, I grew up pretty fast with all the dysfunction in my childhood and I had adults telling me I was wise beyond my years. Not the best way to become wise but it does mold you into who you are and who you become. I chose to take the pain and use it to help others so it wouldn't be in vain. Man is this sharing with you two women, ever healing. AAHH, feels so nice:) Glad to know we are all survivors of what life threw our way. We are blessed to have come out of it with such awareness and peace.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Yeah the sisterhood! :) lol Love it!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

So sad. As a school nurse I am afraid I know this little girl too well. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

Sunnie


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh Sunnie, I bet you see this a lot as a school nurse. The good thing is schools are better educated to understand the symptoms of depression and can intervene to help the child. In my day, they weren't trained to see the symptoms, so they couldn't do anything about it. So glad your in the schools.


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tammybarnette 5 years ago

What a beautiful and heart breaking story. Made me cry and count my blessings.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Tammy, I appreciate it. I was a sad little girl and schools back then didn't know much about signs of depression in young children.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi this sad but a hub that many of us can relate to.However so many were sad children but grew up to be happy adults.

I know I did.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Eiddwen-I am happy to report that although I had a tough childhood and was depressed, I am a very happy adult. School teachers and others in the day weren't trained to see the symptoms of depression. God bless:)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Makes me wonder at the little girls at my daughter's school. Which ones are tortured little souls?


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know Randy, it so sad to think about.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

But we were both were her and look how great we turned out :D


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh, I know Randy but I still get sad. We made it but I hope things are easier for them today and they get the intervention they need instead of feeling so alone. Yae for us Now. Woohoo!!!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

The worse thing adults can do is to make a child live within their own heart , its too big a place for those so young , often they don't ever make it out. Perhaps with your words even one child might grow out of that place. Beautiful.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

ahorseback-God Bless you for your warm words. I sure do hope I can reach someone out there struggling that feel alone.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

So sweet, so sad, so true of so many of us. Insecurity is a terrible thing.

You worded it beautifully.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Dim Flaxenwick. I'm glad schools are more educated now to see signs of depression in children so they can get them help.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Oh, my goodness...there is so much pain in this poem...I hate the thought of a little one feeling so badly..no one should ever feel this way...I just scrolled down to write this comment and saw Healing touch, your sister's comment...I am very sorry that sweet little ones had to go through such sorrow. Bless the both of you!~ Kathy


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breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

My heart wrenched as your words entered my mind...

A soul should never this torment, sorrow or abandonment find.

Fleeting moments of similar pain attempted to wrap me in vain -- thankfully, oh, thankfully, we did survive -- and beyond that, we learned to thrive.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Kathy, I appreciate your caring comment. The good news is we are both happy adults. We had a pretty rough childhood which caused me depression and a lot of confusion. Although I do still struggle with depression at times, it is much more in control as I know what it is now and what to do about it.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

It is funny breathe2travel how our tough childhood's or life struggles actually becomes a positive force in our lives. I ended up in the counseling field because of it and it's right where I belong. Pain can bring healing and opportunity.


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I didn't read all of the comments above, but there is a real sense of honest feeling in this poem--a sad place to be as a child--and yet, I understand it--I think too many children know this feeling set--


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Audrey for your warm comments. I was a really depressed child because of a chaotic home. Both parents were alcoholic. I didn't even know how to name my depression and back then, teachers really didn't know much about it. Thanks so much for reading my poem :-)


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

i also had a difficult childhood--so I could really relate to this sad little girl


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I'm sorry you had a hard childhood too. Makes me sad :-(


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very sad work. Why is she so sad, I wonder?


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

She was me :-( I had a very chaotic childhood. My parents were alcoholics. I was a very depressed kid but all is well now :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

so glad to hear that all is well now!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

AWW, thanks PDX. I think it's sweet you checked back in with me :-)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

"I don't want to live but I'm too scared to die" - those words echo through the halls of my soul. As a child I felt them. As a teenager, I felt them. As an adult, I felt them.

I too grew up in an alcoholic home-an abusive home. Depression has been a constant companion. But I have survived, even the abandonment of my mother again, once at the age of 6 and again at the age of 50. There is only so much a soul can bear. But God is good and has given me much to be thankful for. It is just hard sometimes, when life has extra heartache and pain to hand out when you are head of the line.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Wow homesteadbound-I have tears in my eyes-not only because of your understanding of my pain but also for your pain and experiences with loss. I agree that when you go through painful experiences, you know how to count all the blessings. Thanks for stopping by and making my day :-)


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wearenotthesame00 4 years ago from My Own Fantasy World...

I can relate to this. (: I love it. Very deep and emotive. Nicely written.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi wearenotthesame00. I'm sorry you can relate to this as well. Sadness, depression, anxiety, etc... are painful ways to go through life but it sure makes you strong and grateful for the good times and good things in life. Thanks for your nice comment :-)


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NightFlower 4 years ago

Don't make me cry or want to hurt somebody...I don't like nobody mistreating the babies. Sure way to get me upset but the poem is on point Minn.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks for your sweet comment. Had some tough times as a kid as my parents were alcoholics. It left me confused, angry and sad. I didn't understand what it was I was feeling but learned as I got older I was a very depressed child. Though I will always struggle with depression, it is much more under control and I'm an adult with options now. Thanks so much for reading my poem. It means a lot :-)


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NightFlower 4 years ago

You're welcomed and it is understandable because it has often been said that if there is an "addict" of any form within the home then it effects the entire family. I'm sorry to hear you suffered a second hand addiction growing up and I sympathize. It is sad when children are in the middle.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks NightFlower-Ya, addiction has a way of ruining lives. I've seen way too many lives lost and/or ruined because of addiction.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

and you know what...you don't have to have personally experienced it to know that it happens. You You hear and read about the results of it somewhere everyday unless you're a nomad/recluse. Usually there is a friend or a less immediate family member going through it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sad but so very true. Hope you had a great day NightFlower.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

I did and hope you had the same thank you -smile


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Shaun75 4 years ago from Edison

Awesome but its true! beautifully explore ....:)


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Shaun-Depression stinks and I was a very depressed child with lots going on at home. Back then the school system didn't know how to assess for depressed kids. Thanks so much for checking out my poem.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

It seems you have portrayed a part of my life, my childhood here! I relate so well to it! I have seen it all... felt it all... and came out of it

Nostalgic... brings tears to my eyes by the beauty of it...

Love :)

Rahul


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Awww, it is very sad...but I got through until the end of your poem. Beautifully composed. Thank you for sharing. Voted and will share!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Rahul-I believe that those of us that have pain in childhood have deep emotions, big hearts and soulful poetry. Pain often teaches lessons and can be a big part of who we become. I know I am grateful for the little things.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

You are absolutely right my friend!!.... In my personal senses I believe... when the soul is broken... silver blood flows... this blood... is ink ... privileged to write poetry... over the universe


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I think childhood depression is more common than we'd like to think. I had a lot going on at home and it caused me great pain. I am blessed to be a happy adult with bouts of depression but no longer feel consumed by it.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

You just gave me major goosebumps with your comment. I feel the same way Rahul-Writing is such a privilege and a blessing. It is one of my tools to combat depression.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I came back for another peek at this one Linda--Child abuse is such a difficult thing to deal with--both for the child and for the grown child later in life--I hope that writing helps--you have a gift


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Audrey-that is so sweet of you to come back and read my poem again. I see you have had similar experience with this topic and I am sorry for that. I am touched that you think I'm gifted-You made my day my friend :-)


quietinstrumental 4 years ago

Heartbreakingly well-expressed. A close friend of mine is training to be an elementary school guidance counselor; this makes me think of him and of the need for greater awareness in general, as such cases go unnoticed more often than many would think.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

quietinstrumental-Back when I was an elementary kid in the 70's, the teachers weren't trained to see childhood depression or other issues. I look back and remember I felt like I was in a dark tunnel, just going through the motions. With so much going on at home, school was tough for me in those days. I think it's great your friend is going to be a guidance counselor and help kids that are feeling alone. If a kid feels listened to, they don't feel as alone in their pain.


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

So sad. I had some conversations with people Wednesday who I had never met before then. I was saddened by their stories of feeling as though they had nothing and no one in this world. They were normal people that looked like they would have had a strong social circle and yet they shared there wasn't anyone they could depend upon. They felt alone, burdened by life, and like there was no hope. It was really heartbreaking for me. I wonder how many people start as this little girl you write about and never tell anyone, never find a good friend, and end up becoming adults like them who feel so alone?


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

That is a very sad thing that these people have no one to depend on. I thank God daily that I was put on this earth with a twin sister. She is my rock and best friend. I can tell her everything. I feel so sad about how many people may be feeling so sad and alone as adults.

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