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Holly Thompson Reeder Memoirs: From Teenage Bride and Mother to Missouri Senator

By the time Holly Thompson Rehder was in grade 10, she had already called 30 different homes. Most of them were dilapidated or dilapidated mobile homes. Home park. It wasn't a fairy tale. Still, Republican senator"Cindergirl: Growing up in the American Fringe"(Bombardier Books), who shares her upbringing in the next memoir, likens it to one.

"Cinderella is a reference to the Drew Barrymore Cinderella movie" Ever After ", and that Cinderella ... releases herself. That's exactly where my story brings you today, "53-year-old Radar told Post. ..

Rehder's life story covers the mines of addiction, abuse, poverty and instability that marked her childhood with her mother and two sisters. It often involved uprooting her family at midnight when her mother left her husband or boyfriend who was physically abused.

I once noticed that her family had split and she was sleeping on the couch of her friend, her aunt, and her uncle.

Rehder gave birth to her first child Raychel at 16.
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Rehder married for the first time at age 15 (with her mom and husband).
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One night she sees her father-in-law chasing a half-naked mother around a mobile home and turning a butcher knife back. I did. "When the police finally came and arrested him, all I could think of was the fact that Mom didn't intend to accuse him," she said at the age of 14 when she needed to escape. Radar noticed said. "I knew my only way was to marry my boyfriend and leave, and I put that plan into action."

At the age of 15 in 1984, she Married. She had a child by the age of 16. Radar locked his daughter Rachel in the hospital room for the first time shortly after giving birth. And he knew he couldn't follow the same path that her mother chose.

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"This is a person who depends on me I noticed for everything but breath, and I can't give her the life I've had for the last 10 years, "Rehder said. "I just made up my mind. I didn't care how long it took to get a GED and how many jobs I had to do, but we were out of it."

By the time Rehder (here, with her sisters in Dallas) was in 10th grade, she had lived in more than 30 houses.
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It took a while, but Rehder finally got the GED. Seventeen years later, she graduated from college and earned a degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University. She divorced her first husband at the age of 22, and a year and a half later married her second husband, Raymond Radar. They had two children and were running a cable installation business together. (The couple divorced in 2021, 28 years after their marriage.)

In 2012, he ran for the Missouri Capitol as a small business owner navigating the government's bureaucratic formalism. It was her role.

Rehder standing on a porch in front of a double door.
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Rehder seated on the stairs
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In 2020, she ran and won the state Senate seat she currently holds. In the spring, she sponsored a bill dealing with the rights of survivors of sexual assault — is currently being submitted — .

"I'm a survivor of sexual assault," Radar said when he introduced the bill. "My mother experienced (this) many times, grew up, and grew up, and so did my sister, so I know very well. It's very personal to me.

Her next goal was to run for high-ranking officials throughout the state of Missouri, she said. She hasn't decided which one yet. "Now I love what I do."

Cinder Girl: Growing Up on America's Fringe by Holly Thompson Rehder
Radar's life story is a child with a mother and two sisters. Covers time-marked addiction, abuse, poverty and instability mines.

Rehder said our culture is stigmatized for abusive homes and people who grow up in intergenerational poverty. They often repeat the cycle of becoming a teenage parent.

"I never gave up on myself, I never gave up on the idea that I had to pull myself from the downward direction in which my life was going. I want other women in the situation to know that you can understand it, not alone, "says Rehder. "There are people in our country that are truly forgotten. Those who live in the despair we overlook in culture, policy and politics. I have been one of them for so long. I know. "