"Alona rise above your rejections!", counselled the guidance counsellor in her school. Alona is a 20 year old girl graduating in a political science degree, who is very unstable and making decisions is the most difficult thing to do. Actually she doesn't want her course, it is her mother's choice for her. She wants to pursue a cooking course. She believes all decisions for her life belong solely to her mother who is an attorney-at-law and is very particular with every minute thing especially the school performance of her daughter. She has never been satisfied with her bring home grades and always suspects her a lot. Friends are not allowed either.
This is Alona's home life which affects her whole personality. She believes in all the negative comments her mother often berates her. She accepted all the name calling like 'a daughter of no worth'; 'a dumb girl forever'; 'an ugly child whom no man will ever love'..these and more. She is never allowed to reason out let alone answer back. All her mom's statements are final and rules to be followed without questions. All her mind, emotions and will are controlled by her mean and unhappy mother. She tells all horrific stories about people just to shun her away from making friends. Alona knows her classmates have freedom because they look happy and they are proud of their parents.
Alona often visits the school guidance counselor who understands her situation. She tells her, that is emotional abuse and repression to her freedom. She does not live to get an approval from her mother but her love and support must be unconditional. The children are not slaves but member of a family that love is voluntary and where home is a comfort zone. It is the parents duty to give all the basic needs, love and education to their children without expecting anything in return. The guidance counselor prays very hard for Alona to understand and have the courage to reject all the verbal abuse her mother often throws at her. Alona admitted that she is very unhappy with her home life and is very fearful every time she comes face to face with her mother yet she finds herself just obeying and wishes to please her.
The guidance counselor presented to Alona different cases and situation that may happen. She praises Alona for her kindness and assures her, she's pretty! She asked Alona, what if her mother dies, can she live without her decisions? How will she learn to manage relationships if she has no friends to share with for fear of rejection and embarrassment her mother will cause to them? Will she also want to do to her own children in the future what she allows her mother to brainwash her own daughter? They learned that her mother was abandoned by her father when she was very small. She also was raised by an aunt because of a broken marriage by her parents. These triggered her unhappy life and because of hatred she finished the law school to show her strength and abilities. Her own insecurities and personal fear drove her to shelter her daughter from pains and life's sufferings, but ended bringing all those sorts to her. Poor Alona! The decision is left to her.
It was the most surprising thing when Alona refused to go home after her class.
She stopped going to school, she hid to her aunt who understands what she is going through.
The following week was a heart breaking scene for mother and daughter who are so strange with
each other. Finally, Alona's mother repented and asked sorry from her, but 20 years of that share
of life is not easy to break. Alona needs help from her aunt who guides her to forgive and starts life in God slowly, with faith and joy in each victory. She left her home to study Hotel & Restaurant Management but Alona writes in her journal, restoring her life is not easy. It takes a power greater than her and love beyond her capabilities...