Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I stumbled across the first book of the trilogy, "Child Called "It"" some time ago and the words on the book jacket grabbed me. I read the entire blurb, glanced at the price and put it back on Target's shelf. Even with the store discount, it was more than I could afford. Mind you, it was not overpriced. The gripping story was worth every penny of what the asking price was; it just wasn't in my budget. Then last year I found the entire trilogy for just $.25. This photo is borrowed from Wikipedia as I lent my book out. It is making its rounds in my circle of family and friends.
His mother was his enemy.
As I read it I was taken on a journey with a small boy who fought daily just to survive and his enemy was his mother. My mind boggles at the thought that a mother can carry a child beneath her heart and later torment and try to starve the very same child, flesh of her flesh. It took him what seemed to be forever to be rescued from a fate no child show know, and then he came head to head with the prejudice of the system. Dave Pelzer attended schools that shunned foster children as it they were the ones who created their own abuse. Prejudice rears its ugly head in so many ways.
When will we learn acceptance and tolerance?
Dave went on to receive commendations from three U.S. presidents and to become the only American ever to win the Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award. He overcame so much and should be an inspiration to all who have ever felt victimized. I hope those who taunted and tormented him have come to realize that he was a victim through NO FAULT OF HIS OWN!
I have no questions, as the topic is too personal and only hope that some one will pause to realize that until we have truly walked in another man's shoes we cannot understand why they behave the way they do and only God can judge them. His social worker gave him the best answer she could when he asked why his mother treated him the way she did "David, your mother's a wounded animal...I have no logical answer why she acts the way she does."
Please join Amanda at Thursday two questions and have a wonderful weekend. I do appreciate your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!