Saturday, June 20, 2015

One of my favorite books, "A Child Called "It".

The book entitled "A Child Called "It" is a depressing autobiography of the author, Dave Pelzer. In this book, he wrote a compelling account of his struggles as a young boy from the age of 4 to the age of 12 years, in the hands of his mentally ill, abusive and alcoholic mother. He unveiled the curtain of being an abused child and revealed his unpleasant experiences as he succumbed the grueling and hateful attacks of his detrimental mother.

Before the abuse began, Dave recalled that he had a happy and normal family. His father was working as a fireman in San Francisco, working twenty four hour shifts and was rarely at home. His mother was a kind, gentle, wonderful gardener, and excellent cook, often making exotic meals matched up with exotic music while the family ate. She was very energetic, caring, and cleaned the house extremely well. Dave had two brothers named Stan and Russell.

They would often have outings or celebrations of holidays such as Halloween and Christmas. On Halloween, they carved pumpkins for decorations, and on Christmas they always had dozens of presents for each child under the tree. Summer vacations were always planned by Dave’s mother. They would rent a cabin on the Russian River and enjoy every moment of it, either swimming or watching the sunset with the whole family. However, these happy moments were short lived. Changes started when Dave’s mother began spending her days on the couch watching television and drinking when her husband was not at home. Dave became the target of his mother’s drunken rage. (Dave, P. (1995). A child called “it” : once child courage to survive. Florida: Health Communications, Inc.)

Taking the first step is a challenge!

Taking the first step to start a complex project, a plan, or even the easiest task is sometimes challenging. I can say this because I experience this most of the times. One obvious example is my failure of updating my blog. I am in front of my computer most of the times and I like writing and sharing my experiences however, it’s the small step, the very first step which in my case is to sit down and write whatever is on my mind that becomes a hindrance. It seems easy to say and do what I just said but in reality I always ended up circling around the plans or project and it is very frustrating at times.

So today, I have to make changes. I acknowledge that I have a problem in starting off and with that I am committing myself to update my blogs as much as I can. I learned that when I give time and focus to something I want, it gives an amazing development and accomplishment and I believe that this is true to other people too.