Book Reveals Self-Reflection of One Woman’s Struggle to Let Go

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Author copes with parental abandonment and the void left after the departure.

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In an effort to cope with her own residual pain after her mother left her family at a young age, Mary Harris’ first book, The Children That Nobody Wanted, is dedicated to those struggling with feelings of abandonment.

“It’s about me growing up without my biological mother, who walked out on her kids, leaving us with our father,” Harris says.

Harris’ story highlights Ms. Edna, her step-mother, who she attributes her own parenting techniques to. “My step-mom, Ms. Edna, was a great mother to me, and she raised me to be a good mother to my kids, teaching me to never walk out on them no matter how hard the situation was,” writes Harris. She attributes her success to the step-mother who, by Harris’ account, rewarded her and her siblings with a new life and a new beginning.

Incidentally, Harris examines the void still lingering in her heart even with the love of a step-mother. “I only wish I could understand, but the pain is still lingering inside of me. Maybe this is my way of reaching out to other kids,” Harris reflects.

In an excerpt, Harris writes:

As an adult, I continue to hold resentment about my mother leaving us. I went to church every Sunday, asking God to help me forgive her. It took thirty-five years for me to forgive
her, I never thought it took so many years to forgive one person but the pain still lingers even today. I still wonder how a woman could give her kids away as if they were nothing.

About the Author

Mary Harris was born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 1949. After attending first through twelfth grade in Sunset, Louisiana, Harris relocated to Houston, Texas. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

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