“A home is more
than just walls and paint.
And our broken homes are more than just
the family that raised us,
and the house we called our own.”
– Adam Austyn
A dictionary would tell us that a "broken" home is defined by nothing more than the family structure of that home — that a child is raised by a mother and not a father, a father and not a mother, or neither at all — left to relatives, or orphanages, or strangers to be for them what their parents could not. A broken home, we're told, is a divided home. Nothing more. And so often these homes become synonymous with the most destructive and abusive of situations for a child:
Afterall, a home is more than just walls and paint. And we're raised by far more than just the people we come home to, our parents or guardians. We have friends. We have family. We have teachers and coaches, neighbors and acquaintances, strangers and enemies — all who affect us and shape us every day of our youths as much as any parent. We have cultures that pressure us, religions that shame us, and a society that stifles us. We have the world.
“Every home is a broken home. Every home does some damage.”– Adam Austyn
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