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Thursday, December 2, 2010

TOO YOUNG TO KNOW HOW TO RISE ABOVE YOU

THESE THREE WORDS MEAN SOOO MUCH MORE THAN YOU MAY THINK!
I MOVED FROM NEW YORK CITY. WHICH I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT. WAS THE WORLD.
THERE'S JUST SO MUCH GOING ON. THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT'S THE PLACE WHERE EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE.IT WAS A GREAT PLACE I LOVED IT. BUT IT WAS ROUGH GROWING UP THERE.
THERE WAS TOO MUCH COMPETITION. EVERYBODY SEEMED LIKE YOU HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN THE NEXT PERSON.
WELL SOMEHOW I ROSE ABOVE AND MOVED ON.
GOT MARRIED MOVED TO NEW JERSEY. SPENT 10 YEARS COMMUTING TO NEW YORK.
BRINGING UP MY OWN KIDS.
AND THEN A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO. I DECIDED TO MOVE.
TO A PLACE WHERE THERE'S LESS PEOPLE.
SO I MOVED OUT TO THE DESERT. BASICALLY 10 MILES PAST WHERE JESUS LOST HIS SANDALS.
DON'T GET ME WRONG IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. PEOPLE ARE MUCH NICER.
THE KIDS ARE EVEN POLITE.
I THINK YOU GET THE POINT. I DON'T NEED TO BABBLE ON ANYMORE!


SO YESTERDAY DECEMBER 1 AT SCHOOL. WAITING TO PICK UP MY BOY'S.
WHO ARE 9 AND 11
AND AS I'M SITTING IN MY CAR MY WINDOWS DOWN ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
I'M THINKING TO MYSELF SO MANY PEOPLE. SO MANY PARENTS AND IT'S QUIETER THAN NORMAL.
SO THE BELL RINGS. AND AS MY BOYS WALK TOWARDS ME I NOTICED THEIR FACES AREN'T AS CHEERFUL AS THEY NORMALLY ARE.
I DO THE NORMAL. ASK HOW WAS YOUR DAY. THEY SAY OK.
AND THEY SAY DADDY THERE'S A PAPER IN MY BAG YOU NEED TO READ!
SO AS I'M PULLING THE PAPER OUT. MY SON'S TELL ME A EIGHT GRADER
KILLED HIMSELF LAST NIGHT!
IT TURNS OUT THE BOY TOOK SOMETHING FROM SCIENCE CLASS.
NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE.
BUT AS FAR AS I KNOW THE TEACHER FELT THAT WAS STEALING
AND WAS GOING TO SUSPEND HIM.
WELL SO FAR AS WE KNOW. THE BOY WAS SO UPSET THAT HIS FATHER WOULD BE SO MAD AT HIM THAT HE FOUND A GUN IN HIS HOUSE AND SHOT HIMSELF!
AND I KNOW IT'S WHAT EVERYBODY SAYS BUT IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN HERE.


AND FOR THE RECORD THE BOY WAS A REALLY GOOD KID.
HE WAS MY NEPHEW'S BEST FRIEND I'VE MET HIM.
I JUST SEEN HIM TRICK-OR-TREATING ON HALLOWEEN.


SO AS AN EXTRA EYE-OPENER. LAST NIGHT AFTER WE ALL SPOKE ABOUT IT.
MY SON IS DOING HIS HOMEWORK. AND I YELL AT HIM FOR SOMETHING?
AND HE STARTS CRYING. BREAKS DOWN. AN SAYS TO ME HE CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. I YELL AT HIM EVERY DAY.


WOW ME THE GUY THAT THINKS HE'S DOING THIS GREAT JOB!


WE ALL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING THESE DAYS.
IT SEEMS KIDS THINK THAT THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THE WORST WAY OUT.
LOVE YOUR KIDS MORE THAN YELLING THAT'S MY NEW MOTTO!


SO MANY PEOPLE PAY FOR THE SMALL COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
(THE KIDS)  (THE TEACHERS)  (THE SCHOOL) (THE COMMUNITY)


BUT MOST OF ALL THE FAMILY!


I WISH I COULD TEACH EVERY BODY THE MEANING OF THESE THREE WORDS.
RISE ABOVE YOU!!!!!