“Tree always wondered
if divorce was like war and
always had a lasting effect
on the people who went through it.”1
And thus ends Chapter 7 of Stand Tall by Joan Bauer, one of my favorite authors. The book is about a boy named Tree, whose parents get a divorce right as his Vietnam veteran grandfather gets released from the hospital. I reread the book the same day I first read it because I had to write down some of the quotes that stuck out to me.
Since my parents got divorced when I was seven years old, that one in particular stuck out.
No one who hasn’t lived in a divorced home can fully understand how complicated life is in one. Everyone with experience in one has, at one point in time, stood in Tree’s shoes:
He wished life could be simple like a laser pen –
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