Alicia Douvall shares her story about becoming an adult
As part of the BBC Three Adult Season we've been asking you to share your stories about becoming an adult. There have been some amazing stories so far and so we asked Alicia Douvall to share her experiences of becoming an adult as well:
I don't feel I ever really became an adult and still don't believe I'm a proper one now. I was chucked out of home by my parents from the age of 14 and went to live in hostels. My mum had to sign a form confirming that I was homeless. You might think that moving away from your parents turns you into an adult, but not if you move to a hostel. They provided me with tinned food, a bed and a place to wash. When the nuns came they gave us special treats like biscuits and blankets. Once they let me keep the whole biscuit tin. I kept that tin for ages because it made me feel cared for. But I still didn't feel like an adult.
Eventually I found a boyfriend. He was visiting London from Sunderland and had his own place up there. When he asked me to move in with him I jumped at the chance of finding out what it would be like to live in a stable home. So I packed the few possessions I had into my biscuit tin and caught the train that would carry me to a brand new life. I settled in to his small, one bedroom flat and found myself a job at the local cafe where I made cups of tea and bacon sandwiches. I began to feel happy for the first time in my life. I loved my job in the cafe and coming home to my boyfriend every day. It didn't last forever, of course, but perhaps this was the first time I felt a little more like an adult than before.
You can watch Alicia Douvall in Glamour Models, Mum and Me tonight at 9pm on BBC Three.
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