Typical childhoods consist of toy trucks, lollipops, piggyback rides, and hide and seek. It involves bedtime stories from mom and dad, a day at the park with daddy giving underdogs, and mommy sitting at the picnic table bearing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ice-cold milk in a thermos. All of these things grant a child a wonderful relationship with their parents, and often lead to good decision making as they develop into young adults and further on. But, “typical” is not as common as it implies.
At the beginning of it all Dave’s family was like the typical 1960’s “Brady Bunch”. His father was a firefighter and his mother was a regular mom who loved her children. She was a great gardener, and always kept the house really clean. Dave also described his mother as an amazing cook, always fixing delicious meals for the family to enjoy. One day his mother told the children that she was sick. Dave could not figure out what was wrong.
Not too long after she admitted to being sick, Dave would start getting punished a little more than normal. His mother’s behavior began to change dramatically. She would sit on the couch and watch TV the whole time while Dave’s father was at work. She lost interest in fixing her hair and makeup. Soon she began to imbibe a lot more than she used to. Dave was then forced to do things that were absurd.
Ever since then, things went down hill. Dave’s mother began to abuse him, torture him and even starve him for days. In the mornings once he finished his chores, he would be fed breakfast which would be the remains of his siblings food from before. He then would have to occasionally explain to the school officials why he had all these abuse marks on his body without getting his mother in trouble because that would just make her angry. Besides being completely beaten almost to death, Dave was forced to drink his vomit, bleach, ammonia, and much more. His bed became a cot in the basement. His clothes turned to rags, and he had to hope and...