Thursday, July 21, 2005

Dearest Mom

"I have no feelings for my Mom. She has never shown me love ever since I can remember," the young Latino man confides to me. "I want to write one last letter to her to let her know that I love her for giving me life and that she'll always be my Mom. However, I don't know how to write, can you help me?"

How could I refuse a request like that? At 11 years old, the streets became that young man's parents. He was searching for love and friendship that he didn't get at home.

That story sounds all too familiar as I recall hearing it throughout my 7 years of working with troubled youth and talking to young adults in the prison.

Who is to blame for such a common story?

I can only do my best to write those last letters for those who feel compelled to make amends.


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