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43. To Be Independent
Beverly has been in boarding school since she
ten years old. Her parents put her in
school to make her a more independent person.
was against it at first. She wanted to
with her parents like most kids of her
. She started getting used to boarding school when
was about 15 years old. She would only
her parents during winter break and during the
Beverly is okay with it now, because she
so used to not seeing her parents. Whenever
sees her parents though, they spend almost every
together. However, Beverly is going to attend a
near her parents. In fact, the university is
20 minutes away from their house. Beverly asked
they wanted her to stay with them. Her
said that she should live in the dorms
make more friends. Beverly agreed. Even though Beverly
close to her parents, she barely saw them
she was so busy. She did see them
winter break though.
Beverly wanted to study abroad
the summer in Italy. She asked her parents
they were okay with that. "Absolutely not! Being
in a different country is dangerous!" her mom
. "But I have been alone for so long!
't this why you put me in boarding school
begin with? I know how to be independent.
am responsible and smart enough to go to
alone," she said. "Honey, the truth is, we
wanted to spend summer with you," her dad
. That is when Beverly realized that even though
parents wanted her to be independent, they cherished
time with her a lot.