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Radio Diaries

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Submitted By lriney99
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Lauren Riney
Monthly Paper (September)
English 4 Honors
Mrs. Wilson
9/06/12

The type of work I chose to react to was the teenage radio diaries because I figured there would be several reactions formed in my mind since the pieces were coming from actual teenagers. From the website, I selected “Melissa’s Diary, Part 1: Teen Mom” and “Melissa’s Diary, Part 2: Raising Isaaiah.” Melissa recorded each one herself. She talked about some of the struggles she had both during her pregnancy and after having Isaaiah for one year. In her first radio diary, Melissa states that she is 18 years old and about eight and a half months pregnant. She never meant to get pregnant, but after growing up in multiple foster families, she sounded excited to have someone of her own and who would love her no matter what. Melissa admitted that she considered abortion when she first realized she was pregnant. I paused the diary to reflect on what has been said. After hearing that, my impression of Melissa changed. When I hear the word “abortion,” I think of killing an innocent life. I began listening again and she says exactly what I was thinking. She does not agree with abortion or adoption. If I were in her shoes, I definitely would not consider abortion, but maybe adoption if I was not in a good enough state to raise a baby. Melissa said that all of her friends had children except for one. This made me think that her group of friends thought having a baby was some sort of accessory or trend. That is usually what I think when I see girls my age carrying their child around. I began to assume the same about Melissa even though she had said she did not plan for it to happen. If all of my friends were having babies, I would continue to be their friend, but I would not let their actions influence my decisions. I have goals that I want to accomplish in order to start my life. I do not want to accidentally start my life and not have any support for my baby. One of my friends recently had a baby. She said she regrets getting pregnant, but she loves her baby more than anything. I am always asking her questions because I do not know how she manages everything. She goes to school, works two jobs, and does not have much support from the father. Hearing her everyday struggles makes me feel bad for her, but the good things she talks about makes me excited to have a baby. Listening to Melissa reminds me of my friend, but I believe Melissa has it worse. Her baby’s father does not support her, she does not know where her real mother is since she grew up in foster care, and she works as a stripper at a club to provide for her son. I am glad I am in neither my friend’s nor Melissa’s position. Other teenage girls should also listen to stories similar to Melissa’s so they will realize that it is not an easy path they would want to choose. http://www.radiodiaries.org/melissa-in-new-haven-raising-isaaiah/ http://www.radiodiaries.org/melissa-in-new-haven-teen-mom/

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