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LJ_Idol: Week 11

Week 11's Topic: I Fought the Law


Growing up in the rural Pennsylvanian mountains, I lived a sheltered life.  Church every Sunday and Wednesday, school every Monday-Friday, playing outside with imaginary friends, graduated in the top half of my class (of 70 kids), and went away to college.  Ended up transferring back to a college in town...

THEN I GREW THE F&#@ UP.

Growing up in a Christian household is completely different than growing up in any other household.  There's no "going over to friend's houses unless we know the parents."  There's no sleepovers on Saturday nights.  Grace before dinner and prayers before bed.  Wednesday night Bible Study and Kids Club.  If the church doors were open, the Tiffany family was in church.  And not just my family.  My EXTENDED family.  All of the Tiffany families were there.  My second cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles, grandparents... We filled up three of the long pews.

So you can only guess how the law was in my family.  No lies.  No stealing.  Yes to sharing.  No name-calling.  Eat your food and be thankful for it.  No allowance.  No complaints.

Then we hit high school.  A few rules were added.  No drugs.  No dates.  No smoking.  No drinking.  And for God's sake, no sex before you're married.

When I was 8, my dad told me that I was allowed to date when I hit 35.  Marriage had to wait until 40.  And when I was younger, I was okay with that.  Because boys were icky and I didn't even know what sex was, anyway.

Then I met John.  And the sh*t hit the fan.

I was 20.  Just transferred back to a college here in town.  Met John through a friend at the college and started dating him.  It was then that he brought out the bad girl city girl in me.

He explained all of the things that my parents never told me about.  The carpet isn't supposed to match the drapes.  Pearl necklaces.  Rim jobs.  I was dumbfounded.  High school had never taught me any of that.

John even asked me to stay overnight a few times, which my dad strictly said no.  Since I was still living under my parents' roof, I had to listen to them for fear of being thrown out.  I was fighting the law: my dad's law.

Everything changed back in July.  John had asked me to move in a few months before, and I was finally ready to move out of my parents' home.  Oh, the bullets were flying during that conversation.  My parents said everything they could to try and threaten coax me not to move in with my boyfriend, but I wasn't having any of it.  I was tired of living the life that they wanted me to live.  They were shaping my life in a way that I couldn't handle.  I couldn't take being treated like a 5 year old when I was already a college graduate.

Things between my dad and I are still really tense, even 6 months later.  My mom and I talk regularly through e-mails and even get together once in awhile, but the relationship between my father and me has completely changed.  He still hasn't accepted that his little girl has grown up.

I fought the law.  But this time, I won.

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