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Entanglement
 
            “Are you ready for soccer practice, Catherine?” Mike, her father, yelled out to her as he was changing from his work suit to his soccer clothes. Soccer was one of their many shared passions. Catherine is a “mini-me” of her father, making them identical in both physical features and attitude. Driven, determined, and out spoken are only a few ways their personalities meshed together. Catherine and Mike perfectly paralleled each other and she definitely follows in his footsteps, not her mother’s. 
            Emotion’s always run high in this household, especially after school. Mom yells, “Catherine start your homework! Stop goofing off!” Meanwhile, Catherine acts as if she has not a worry in the world, and deliberately ignores her mother. Frustration and annoyance builds between them, but who better than Dad to walk in around seven just in time to save the day. Swooping to help Catherine, he calms her down and she willingly listens to him. They are always on the same “page. ” No one can come between them, as the love between a father and his daughter is such a strong bond. Their love and emotions are intertwined and together they will always remain full of life and love.
            Catherine’s hero is her father and she is his hero too. Since the day she was born and he held her in the hospital, their love and bond made a connection like nothing else, everyone knew they would only continue to affect each other’s lives more than any other people. Their love for each other had entangled.
            The look of worry in Catherine’s face when Dad started becoming sick again was unbearable. She saved him once, was she able to do it again after being so involved and entangled with him eight years later or would it be more difficult. Catherine gave Mike the strength he needed; together, he knew, they could get through anything.   
            The doctor emerged from the hospital room with Catherine’s mom and from the look on their faces you knew he was gone. As the tears swelled up in young Catherine’s eyes, you could see the confusion and sadness and the strong love she shared with her father. Her best friend, father, and hero were unexpectedly taken away from her at such a young age. Their love of each other holds them together as he is the male figure in her life whether he is here with her or watching over her, they continue to affect each other daily. Mike’s memory and legacy and love live on and there are signs of him everywhere, Catherine being what he has left behind for us. Because their love is still entangled, regardless if he is still alive or not, she will always have him close to her heart.
Each day is a new day with different struggles and different battles to overcome for Catherine. Remembrance of Mike is everywhere, still the same schedule and routine, just minus the most important man in her life. Luckily the eight years they spent together were filled with much love and passion, allowing their feelings and emotions to intertwine with one another.
As Catherine grew up, Mike continued to watch over her as they always remained together, he in spirit acting as her guardian angel and she living a life full of appreciation for the entangled love they have for each other. Their feelings kept them together, until her love was crashed into by someone else. Her love for him was broken and replaced. She felt more distant from him now that a new man has stepped into her life. Her everyday thoughts were now of a new man, a new man to take care of her and love her unconditionally. This man caused a collapse between the strong connection Mike and Catherine shared. Although love will always remain between a father and daughter whether he is living or not because that bond is too tough to break, when a new man walks in a woman’s life her world completely changes and her love is now poured out onto him and not her father anymore. Because a new man broke the entangled love between Catherine and her father, Catherine’s heart was now entangled with a new man’s love.
 

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