I am a reporter from the New York times, and I’m here to share my interview with a special young man named Harrison. His mother died of drug related reasons when he was young and has been transferring between foster families ever since. His first one, the Constables, were not a great family. After a tragic incident, Harrison was moved to a new family who welcomed and loved him. His dream of playing football came true. He was later diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and his leg had to be amputated. He had a slow recovery, but lived to play another game.
Harrison, Why did it take you so long to revolt against Mr. Constable beatings?
“Mr Constable had been my parent for as long as I could remember. I had learned to be obedient at such a young age, and feared every second of the harsh snaps of the whip. My foster siblings had talked about what their lives used to be like, and how none of us deserved the life of harsh whippings. It took me a while to realize that I didn’t deserve any of these beatings. So, on that day, I was already enraged by previous events, and I just couldn’t take it. I didn’t mean to kill him, and you have to believe me. I just acted in the moment and couldn’t control it.”
Who in town was the most welcoming person to you besides your parents?
“Many people were very welcoming, but Becky was the most by far. She didn’t hold grudges against me, or put me through any initiations. I was not expecting to become friends with such a nice person so easily. She welcomed me to the town, and introduced to other kids who became my good friends. She didn’t treat me like I was weird or prematurely categorize me as someone she didn’t like. I’ve never met somebody who could just look at a person, and instantly became their frie...
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...urself and others. Negative thoughts will take you over, but you must build a firewall of positivity to take control of yourself. People will always shoot you down, but you need to get back up.”
Would you trade the life with the Constables for the life with Coach and Jen without a leg?
“That question is really a lot to think about. I think of it this way. Would I give up my leg for Coach and Jen? The answer is yes. The world does not revolve around me. Marty has taught me this. Coach and Jen mean the world to me. I’d do anything to be with them. They treated me as if I were their own. They loved and cared for me. I think that they’d give up their leg for me. You will never find parents that will take care of someone else’s child as much as they did. So, in conclusion, Jen and Coach were the best thing that happened to me and even my leg was worth giving up for them.
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