Troubled Life
Updated: 1/21/2020
Troubled Life
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Storyboard Description

The Walls' home life wasn't very good at this point. There was never any food in the house. The children had resorted to finding food on their own. They went hunting for food in other houses, and at school. Sometimes they would have luck and find more food than they could eat, but other times they went days with no food. Mom wasn't much help to them either. She would sneak food and keep it to herself so that she wouldn't have to share. The kids also discovered that their house had no insulation, so their house was always freezing. They would try to help with this by burning wood in their fireplace, but it didn't ever work that well. Then one day the fire blew up in Lori's face, singed her hair and eyebrows, and burned her thighs. All mom had to say about this was, "Just remember, what doesn't kill you will make you stronger."

Storyboard Text

  • EWW!
  • Wow! Bologna and cheese!
  • "I can't help it. I'm a sugar addict" (Walls, 174).
  • Jeanette and Brian look in an abandoned house for food. They find old canned food that explodes when they open them.
  • It's going to be okay.
  • Jeanette waits in the bathroom at school during lunch, and eats the leftover food that the other girls throw away in the garbage.
  • Ahhhh
  • The kids caught their mom secretly eating chocolate under a blanket, while all of the kids were starving. Brian took the chocolate and split it between himself and his other siblings.
  • "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger" (Walls, 179).
  • There was no insulation in the house, so sometimes it got so cold that icicles hung from the ceiling, and the water in the pipes froze. Everyone fought over who got to sleep with the dogs, because their bodies kept them warm. 
  • The laundromat was very warm. When they finally washed their clothes, they would sit on top of the machines to feel the warmth and take their time while folding and washing their clothes.
  • One day the kerosene used to burn the fire blew up and singed Lori's bangs and eyebrows. It also burnt her thighs and she had terrible blisters for weeks.
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