When I was born I had visible horns. I imagine that the doctor tried to reassure the gathered relatives that it was a “normal” birth. I imagine my father loved me and said “This is too heavy for me.” joined the Coast Guard and requested Alaska. He and my mother were divorced a few months later. He paid child support until I turned eighteen. I am every grateful for my father’s support. He is my Daddy.
My grandparents raised me while my mother was trapping another male to help care for me. The man who stood up and married a woman with a wild child was wild himself. He and my mother stuck with me through all the rough times. I went to fourteen different schools before I graduated high school.
I was first arrested at age seven. We were shooting flaming tennis balls from a rooftop at passing cars. At seven it is not likely that I was the mastermind merely part of the gang. We loved to run from the cops. It was just like the movies. We would leap from building to building and the “pigs” would not continue pursuit. They just watched us and noted our path. We used the same roof and escape path more than once and the police were waiting.
My pop was mad at me. He told me to “plan better” and pay attention. My mother loved me. That was San Jose, California. I failed third grade.
We moved far from there to Desoto Parish in the swamp far from people and my mom and pop build a log cabin while home schooling me. We were living in the back of a yellow Dodge Charger. We would look up at the stars at night and bath in the rain.
When I went back to pubic school we moved into the bustling metropolis of Gloster, Louisiana. I thrived there. I set the house and myself on fire many times.
We burned our trash in 55 gallon barrels and when it was full we went to the dump. I was dutifully burning the trash and experimenting with aerosol cans. They were great fun! I through some in and boom! Being young and foolish I tossed some in and thought I had a dud. I peaked over the edge and was met with a ball of flaming gas but that is a story for another day.
My mother said “Never apologize for who you are.” My wife said “Never be ashamed where you come from.” My daughter said she was proud of me.
I LOVE YOU MOM. Thank you for sticking with me. I am sorry for all the grief I have every caused you. Thank God you are my mom. Not all my friends have parents.
Not only am I blessed with an awesome mother I get to be married to an incredible woman that is an inspirational mom. She inspires me to perform.