Narrative Writing

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Submitted: October 12, 2017

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Narrative Writing

Where were you 573 days ago? Life was going a complete different direction and then the road became a dead end. The 22nd of February, 2016, was the day that everything changed for Rowan Calloway. She is a unique figure, likes to write, sing obnoxiously loud, and enjoys doritos with sour cream. Rowan is 17 years old, with three siblings, a stepmom, a drug addict father, and a psychotic mother. She lived in Pennsylvania for 7 years, but she’s originally from Madison, Tennessee. In Pennsylvania, she has two uncles, three cousins, her biological grandparents, her mom, and recently a step grandfather until he passed away in December.

Rowan has always been attached to her father, they have a stronger relationship than her and Tannie, her mother. Up until Rowan was 7 years old, she watched her parents argue aggressively, it become physical most of the time, and constant. Imagine the violent words and harsh actions she seen her parents do. Jody, her father, broke Tannie’s back, busted her lip, and threw her out of a moving vehicle. Also, when Rowan was just short of 3 years old, their house was busted by the police due to her father growing and selling marijuana. That was just the start of her adventurous path.

Jody worked out of town most weeks and welded for major companies. Tannie had decided that she was finally done with being beaten and abused, she wanted better for Rowan. She picked Rowan up early from school at East Robertson Elementary, where she attended the 2nd grade. Tannie told Rowan, “We’re going to visit your favorite uncle, Shawn!” The little 7 year old girl was beyond anxious, she didn’t realize that she never got the opportunity to tell her father goodbye. Her mother also didn’t mention that they were going to move in with Rowan’s favorite uncle, not just visit him. 600 plus miles north and 12 hours later, they arrived and that week Rowan was enrolled into West Hills Elementary, a highly advanced school. Tannie decided to hold Rowan back into the 1st grade so there wouldn’t be any difficulties with adjusting. Rowan is a very outspoken and blunt girl, but she’s also very timid at first.

It had been 3 months, Rowan still hadn’t spoken to her father which made her struggle with focusing at school and the other students began to make fun of her. At the end of the school year, the courts set up an agreement between her parents. Rowan had to spend the summer in Tennessee and one whole break during the school year too. She chose to go during Christmas break, her 2nd grade year of West Hills. Jody had began to heavily drink when Tannie took Rowan, and he was also very selfish. The night of Christmas Eve, Jody and Rowan stayed at her grandmother’s house and around midnight he left her. She remembers her father saying “I promise I’ll be back by the time you wake up, Miss Pretty.” Miss Pretty was the nickname her father had given her when she was younger. Rowan didn’t get to tell Jody goodbye before she left for Pennsylvania again because her father went to jail that night for when the police searched their home.

Rowan’s 3rd grade year, Tannie and her moved back to Tennessee and got a house in Heritage school zone. She got a red nose pit bull puppy and named her Layla, they were inseparable. The first issues she had with her mother started around this time. Tannie was addicted to methamphetamines, which makes a person go crazy. Tannie began to think people were in the walls and she would beat them in with a hammer. She thought the neighbors were stealing their electricity, and that people lived under the house. As a 9 year old little girl, Rowan was terrified and confused about what was happening. Around that time, she had started harming herself by burning. Rowan described the feeling as her climax, she loved the pain and craved it when times would become harsh.

The 4th of July, 2010, Tannie and Rowan sat outside to watch fireworks with her dog Layla, who was scared of the unknown, loud noises. Layla hid underneath the car to avoid the fireworks and she got oil all over herself. Tannie thought that the people who supposedly lived under the house did this to Rowan’s dog so she called the police. Shortly after that, they moved back to Pennsylvania and things went calm for awhile. When Rowan was 12, her father announced that he and his wife were having a baby. It was a boy, born on May 31st, 2013. Rowan went down to stay with her dad that summer and ended up moving in with him. She wanted to be there for her new sibling’s life and protect him from all the terrible things that she had witnessed.

The few years that Rowan still lived in Pennsylvania before her little brother was announced, she walked the streets with the wrong crowd. Rowan, rather than learning from her father’s mistakes, she fell into the same circle. She started out with smoking cigarettes, then it lead to bigger things. Rowan would party, get drunk, do hard core drugs, and simply she just ran her life downhill. Rowan decided to try suboxone, medical heroine. She ended up in the hospital for three weeks due to almost overdosing. She claims it to be the most intimidating dilemma she’s ever been through. While she was in the hospital, her dad called to tell her she was going to be a big sister, and from that day forward she knew she couldn’t continue living the way she was.

Rowan was 15 when her father last went to jail, he’s served 19 months without a sentence. Jody was being watched by drones and was caught on surveillance taking a great amount of money to cross the Tennessee/Georgia state line to buy six pounds of methamphetamines. Also, with charges in Robertson County for driving a stolen vehicle on a suspended license. Dickson County charges including conspiracy and phone tapping. Last but not least, in Sumner County, he was charged with supplies to make and content to resell. His bond in just Dickson is $75,000.

Rowan is now 18 years old, she’s a senior at Springfield High School. Miss Calloway had perfect attendance her junior year, and also was selected for the People’s Choice Award by one of her teachers. Nicole Phillips said “Rowan has always been prepared for my class, along with anything that life decides to throw her way. She can overcome every situation she is in and makes the most of her time. She’s an inspiration to others as well as myself.” Rowan has straight A’s and applies herself to be the best she can in any environment. She takes AP and Dual Enrollment classes with a grade point average of 3.8.

Did you think a tragic would happen? Well you’re wrong, never judge a book by its cover. Rowan’s advice is; always look for the positive in every situation no matter the circumstances. Remember that out there in the world, someone is going through a tougher dilemma than you, you should be grateful for everything that you do have. You have to have a strong will power, learn to say no to the bad things that cross your path. Lead others away from everything but success. Rowan’s advice is; live through integrity.

 


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