A very short story
Joe could have been an ordinary kid, but unfortunately Joe's story is not ordinary. He was brought up by an alcoholic father and a drugged up mother. Between them they abused him mentally and physically. No parental caring or nurturing. They rejected him totally and there was no love shown to him. He was left to fend for himself in this sometimes tough world.
He grew into adolescence hating the world and himself. Most of the time he was angry and sometimes violent because he believed the world was out to cause him more pain and suffering.
He ran away from his education because he didn't want anyone to know that he had low confidence and low self-esteem. He didn't want anyone to know that he was a failure. His bad and rebellious attitude kept those things well hidden.
As an adult he lived his life on the wrong side of the law because that was all he knew. He robbed, he beat, he hated, he caused pain and suffering. He ended up in prison. A life ruined.
And here is the tragedy. There is a great danger that his two kids might just end up doing exactly the same with their lives.
There are many Joes (or Josephines) in this world!
Tom Hendry April 2008
(In a year when every kid should be in school getting a great education. In a year when our prisons should be empty. In a year when society should have got it's act together)
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If we are caught in the middle of a circle; have nowhere to go, have no one to talk to, the best thing we can do is to talk and challenge ourselves. Why …
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We cannot blame Joe cause he grew up as an individual without the love of his parents. So, his life has no meaning I think for him. But believing in God …
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I think that the only way to help someone in this situation is for the child/children to get as much support as possible from any source - preferably however …
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