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A Child Called "It" By: Tan Ly

881 words - 4 pages

Love and a family who cared was all he wanted, but hate and child abuse was all he got. David Pelzer's story is one of the most unforgettable and severe child abuse cases in California. David was brutally beaten and starved by his mother who was an alcoholic and who had emotional problems. She played games that were unpredictable and torturous that left David nearly dead. In this story A Child Called "It", it reveals both bright side of our nature and the dark side. His mother wasn't always abusive to him. In his earlier years she was a loving mother, until the alcohol took control of her and then she reveals her dark side to her son, David.In David's years before the abuse started his family was called the "Brady Brunch" of the 1960's. He and his two brothers were blessed with the perfect family. David's father, Stephen Joseph was a fireman working in San Francisco. David's mother, Catherine Roerva was an averaged size woman who was a house wife. She would always glow with love for her children. When Christmas came, he and his brothers became more and more excited. The pile of gifts under the tree grew day by day. David's mother would creep into his room and whisper, "Santa came!" After they were done opening presents, David found his mother crying outside on the porch steps. He asked why she was crying and she said she was crying because she was so happy to have a real family. When spring came along, his mother would take the family on picnics. She would prepare a feast of fried chicken, salads, sandwiches, and lots of desserts. The trip David never forgot was the trip to the river. His mother excused David a half-hour early on the last day of school, and they headed up to a beautiful river. Each day was a new adventure for him. David would either spend the day climbing an old, burnt tree stump with their special whomper-stomper boots or swimming in the river at Johnson's Beach. Johnson's Beach was a whole day event for the family. As David was sitting by a rock at Johnson's beach he felt someone holding him tightly, it was his mother. He felt her heart beat and never felt more safe and warm then at that moment in time. He whispered to himself, "Everyday seems to sprinkle with magic."David was badly beaten by his alcoholic mother at a very young age. The punishments started by him getting put into a corner, but then as...

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