Benefactors

Mom found the life we were living difficult.  Adding the cost of her drinking, we could barely make ends meet.

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Trying to cope, but failing…

After Mom “healed” and was able to get out of her back brace, she found a job as a cashier

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Trailer life

Mom and I lived in that little trailer for a year or so. I made friends with another kid in

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Forgotten

When I was a freshman in high school, one of the classes I was required to take was drama.  My

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Mother’s Cocktails

Cocktails anyone?  My mother was a pusher.  She loved to make Strawberry Daquiris and ply me with them, even though

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Harboring Runaways

My mother’s best friend turned out to also be her dealer.  They did a lot of drugs together, so there

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 The loss of childhood innocence

Did you have that one weird uncle?  Well, mine was a great uncle.  At one of the many time I

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Sleeping in your car…

When Mom and I first got away from my evil stepfather, we didn’t have anywhere to go.  I don’t know

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My Evil Stepfather

On the way back to my new stepfather’s house, it was all sunshine and roses.  They were laughing, so happy

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A Mother’s Betrayal

My worst nightmare coming true… After an extreme beating and many apologies, Mom and Ladd continued to date (to my utter

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Letting my guard down

I sleep in my beautiful white and blue canopy bed with its ruffles and lace, happy and content.  I had

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Friend or Foe?

When I was 12-years-old, I lived near my 5th-grade elementary school, so near that it was in sight of my

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Devastation: Left Behind

After arriving in Tennessee…I was once again left behind.  We were in a new place, my Mom had to start

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Hungry and afraid we ride off into the sunset?

We ride in a Greyhound bus towards our future, will it be better than the past?  We hadn’t eaten all

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Hiding in the Weeds, will he find us tonight…

It’s a dark and quiet night, so we need to be extra quiet… Ben and Mom are fighting again, but

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Abandoned and Unwanted

Dropped off again, how long will it be before she comes back this time? “It’s just for a little while

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Trying to Escape the Beating…

Me, mom, and Ben went back to normal life following their first fight.  It took a little while for all

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The first time I got my mother beaten…

A busy party, my mother, her boyfriend, and me…everyone is having fun, drinking, laughing, and enjoying themselves. My mother and

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Tumbling with rattlesnakes…

When I was 7 years old, I went to a mountainous West Virginia state park with my mother. It is

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The day I was kidnapped…

It started out like any other day… My mother was taking me a bath in the upstairs bathroom of our

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