Wed - Aug 27, 2008 : 08:59 am
I just got done reading the book "A Man Named Dave", after reading "The Lost Boy", and 6 years ago, "A Child Called It".
Ya know... To a certain extent, I enjoy doing things from time to time, to keep myself grounded. To keep myself living in a reality close to what is real for everyone else. I do this simply to allow me to see what others might be thinking or feeling.
I know my life, comparatively, has been pretty easy. Not to say that everyone doesn't have their own problems, heaven knows each life can only be compared to itself for a true measure.
Anyway... These books ... are amazing. They're hard to stomach, but then again, so is reality sometimes. People don't like to talk about child abuse. People don't like to talk about the problems and undercurrents of society. But if we don't, then we are kidding ourselves, living in a fantasy, all the while the problem continues to worsen.
I believe taking a bite out of the harshness of life, even if it is the lives of others, can be quite healthy. For me, I believe it helps me to at least understand a little bit of what abused people go through, allowing the desire in me to do what I can to help, grow.
To Dave Pelzer, I say "Bravo!" You acheived what you set out to with your books, at least in me. They were highly educational, and even more inspirational.
They just set my already high beliefs in the unconquerable human spirit, even higher. Man truly can overcome seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.
Thank you, Mr. Pelzer, for giving of yourself. You are an amazing man.