Category Archives: 8th Grade- Rockwood, OR

Ages 13-14

Copper Penny

When I was about eleven, Jerry came home with a box of product and asked if I would help him bleach his hair. It was the first time he had dyed his hair, and after laying out the contents of … Continue reading

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Old Guy Staring Out the Open Window

artwork by my amazing son

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The Cornelius Hotel

I was quick to pack up my belongings and sleeping bag and vacate the apartment before anyone would come by to check. Because I valued the space, I was certain to maintain the illusion of a vacant apartment and I … Continue reading

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He laughed at me, in a best friend sort of way

We lived in some pretty shady places growing up, the cheapest housing always brings the poor, the addicted, the desperate and the hoards of children together. Not a great combination when you’re a kid. We subdivide our kids in standardized … Continue reading

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A Chorus of Light and Color

So what does a thirteen year old without parents and without a place to live do? I sat in the quiet empty apartment and assessed my situation. I had seen the poor outcome of kids in the foster system and … Continue reading

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The Anxiety to Remain Guarded

Because of the bad day at school I decided to stop by the apartment and see if Mom had cooled off yet. I thought we could try and talk and work through the horrible fight. I felt guilty for hitting … Continue reading

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Jump Reach

artwork by my amazing son

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Rockwood Middle School

It was the perfect storm. After a huge knock down and drag out between Mom and me, she wiped the blood from her lip and kicked me out. As a result I had been sleeping on a friends couch for … Continue reading

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Family Snapshot- Mom and Me

Artwork by my amazing son. I asked him draw a simple picture of two girls fighting, one on top of the other. He is not reading my posts.

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Honor Your Mother and Father

This one is difficult. Living with our parents’ alcoholism and drug use was a real drag (definitely pulling my punches). The end result was a whole lot of abuse and neglect. I read somewhere that children of abuse grow up … Continue reading

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