When her brother dies in a tragic accident, Ren, who is 12 years old, survives by shutting off her feelings and creating space between herself and other people.
In the book Come In and Cover Me, Gin Phillips describes how her character “had trained her mind to be straight and tidy. She was normally very good now at keeping her mind on track—moving forward, never back. No tangents. Thinking only the thoughts that should be thought.”
Fortunately, this book is the story of how Ren was finally able to deal with her “untidy” thoughts and memories and begin to be a healthier person.
I, too, have untidy memories from my childhood. Several counselors have helped me deal with mine. If you experienced tragedy in your childhood and are burdened by untidy memories, I recommend seeing a counselor.