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from Don't Let Go by Karla Martinez

Copyright © 2019 Karla Martinez


"Samantha, honey, come eat!" my mom shouted in a very sweet voice, while I was spending a Sunday at home with Mimi and her watching her favorite tv show. Friends.

"Thanks," I said, placing my plate on the table. Looking at my mom's plate, I noticed, it wasn't just about my health. My mom had chosen to be a life coach, a naturalist. I wondered if it was because of me, to keep all of us healthier.

Since I was very young, Dr. Jackson ordered me to eat vegetables; back then, it was difficult to understand and do it. It would be difficult for any kid to stop eating pizza, cheeseburgers, and fries, having to drink only water and eat vegetables when I could get a smoothie or ice cream. Not even get to go trick or treating because I couldn't eat the candy. I was young and it was hard for me to see Aubrey do all these things, but not me. Now I didn't care, I could do these things once in a while. I grew up used to it. I could sneak in chocolates and a few candies in my school bag. I could drink a soda when I wanted too, I could swim, but now I thought that was a bad idea.

"Mom, you don't have to eat like me," I commented just picking the broccoli from my steamed vegetables. My mom sat in front of me. Her eyes on my plate, she never liked me picking on my food, but she never said anything. Of course.

"It's okay, I don't mind," she answered always sweet-talking to me.

"I don't want you to feel sad because you want what you can't get," she said.

"Not sad, but angry," I said smiling at how angry I used to get when I sat at a table where there was always junk food from the guys.

I could sneak in a bite of Yael's food once in a while, but after he found out about my heart, he changed. Now, he was just like my parents. Eating healthy to make it easy for me.

"In middle school, Rocky and Tanya used to mock me for having to eat so healthy all the time, I used to get angry too. Actually, the pizza they give in school looks really good." I told her, happy to share a memory with my mom. She looked more enthusiastic than ...

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