A story about a student at East Hamilton who had a distinctive story
We go through the world involved in only our own lives. As humans we sometimes are so confined to our own world that we blindly look at other people's lives and don’t see anything. Individually we have our own troubles and triumphs, but do we ever take the time to understand others? People are inspiration and teach us to be more appreciative of our lives.
In East Hamilton there are hundred of students that compose a life story; each story carries inspiration, empowerment, and a different perspective in life. An anonymous student has a personal story that teaches him to stay humble and grateful for everything he has in his life right now. To protect his identity we will name him Kevin. Kevin has gone to East Hamilton since sixth grade and he is currently a senior now. His story starts off with many difficult challenges. Challenges that some of you may relate to and others of you cannot even fathom.
When Kevin was two years old he was taken away from his mother to live with his grandmother because his birth mother was on drugs. While Kevin’s grandmother had custody of him the court told Kevin’s birth mother that she had to “stay off of drugs, have a job, and stay out of trouble for a year, and she couldn’t even do that so she just had another baby so the state could pay her.” When a person has a child and they live in poverty, the state gives the individual a check until the child turns three; the worse the situation the more money you are liable to get.
After the second child Kevin had a second younger brother who had a different father, he was also taken away from their mother. “Once my mother got the understanding of how much the state pays for a single mother household that lives in a low-income neighborhood she started to have more kids. The total amount of siblings I have is five; It would have been seven but she had a miscarriage with twins. Kevin’s mother made a career on having kids while still on drugs. Kevin’s grandmother couldn’t take care of five kids in her small house, so only Kevin and his second brother lived with her, while the others lived with their mother. “I don’t honestly have a relationship with my other siblings because I don’t see them all the time. It bothers me to a certain extent, but i’ve gotten used to it. “Over the summer they all stay over at their grandmother's home, but “it was extremely hard having five kids in a one level house that has only two bedrooms.”
Throughout this experience of having a mother thats a drug addict and still has custody of three kids, Kevin and his grandmother have called child protective service multiple times to help his siblings, but “they haven’t done anything, when we told them that she was neglecting her kids by never picking them up from school, all they did was go to her house and when she didn’t answer they just dropped the case.” Kevin was so infuriated because what was supposed to help, was useless.
Even though Kevin’s mother hasn’t been a strong figure in his life, Kevin still has his grandmother to look up to and he also has two male figures. Which are is father and grandfather, but he's closer to his grandfather because although they are not related by blood he still loved and nurtured Kevin like he was his son. The reason Kevin’s birth father hasn’t been around to take care of him is because he has been in the military, and he lives in Texas. “He has invited me to come and live with him, but I don’t want to life in Texas and plus it's my senior year”
Kevin has prospered through his challenges by staying in school and working. He also takes care of his mother by going to her house to clean up and check on his siblings. “Even Though I feel like she doesn’t appreciate what I do I will still be the bigger person in the situation.” Kevin's story is inspiring because it teaches us to not only appreciate the life we have but the positive people that are in it. Like the master said in Dr.Strange, “We never truly lose our demons but we rise above them.” Just like Kevin we must do the same thing. He didn’t walk the road to being addicted or become saddened by his situation. Instead, he took charge of it.
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