What About Me

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Family is family.

Nothing else is family.

Family is family.

There are some things you should know about me. The first is my mantra, written above, blunt and enduring. "Family is family."

Here are a few more tidbits.

I was adopted when I was born, molested when I was 9 years old, started smoking when I was 10, drank my first six pack of Schlitz when I was 11, OD'd on barbiturates in school when I was 12, was put in the back of a cop car when I was 13, taken out of my home when I was 14, lived in two foster homes, a group home, a detention center, and was raped when I was 15, my oldest daughter was born when I was 16, my youngest was born when I was 17, I joined the Navy at 18, got married at 19, my wife left me for another man when I was 20, I was thrown out of the Navy, robbed my childhood friend's mother’s house and sentenced to 45 days in county jail when I was 21, was arrested for assault, drugs and a DWI that I couldn’t remember when I was 22, and then, when I was 23, life got hard.

I'd like to share my story with you. I'd like for you to share your thoughts with me. This is a portal, of sorts, to begin that journey. Through my writing, video and audio recordings I'd like to open the door to that journey, and hopefully a mutually helpful relationship.