A. Chapter 4 “Bad Boy” really focused on a lot of the abuse that was inflicted on David. The readers learn about how truly afraid David was of his mother. David reflects on how his mom’s punishments started to go from discipline to completely outrageous request. All David was asked to do at first was stand in a corner facing the wall, that later escalated to his mother smearing his face in front of a mirror and making repeat that he was a bad boy. We became exposed to the behaviors of David’s mother, for example we learned that while David’s father was away all she would do is sit in the couch in a bathrobe, drink and watch television. But the times that David’s dad was home, she would get dressed up and act friendly. We begin to also acknowledge David’s mom’s effort to isolate David from the family, a way she would do this is by not allowing him to go on family camping trips or to even eat at the same dinner table as them. The worst inflicted abuse we read about in this chapter is when she request David to stand on top of the stove while it was on. We really gained an insight of the psychical and mental abuse David experienced.
Chapter 5 “The Fight for Food” really was disturbing for me to read. We see the drastic changes in forms of punishment David mom inflicts on him. We learn that he often times goes days and weeks without eating or receiving proper nourishment. Which leads to David having to steal the lunches of other kids to cure his hunger. At this point we see that one of his teachers, Miss. Moss begins to take an interest on him. She began questioning him about his clothes and why he was always tired. Like David was taught, he makes an excuse for each question that she asked. But this still wasn’t reassuring for Miss...
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...otions because, one you acknowledge these emotions you also acknowledge that stories David’s are real. It makes me realize that this is why I have chosen the career I have. To give that little boy or girl who has lost all hope, hope. To make a difference. To stop situations from getting as bad as David’s.
E. What I learned about myself through this readings is that I have been very blessed. I am lucky to have the loving and nurturing parents that I have. I learned that compared to a lot of kids regardless of what I thought growing up, I had it really easy. I never had to experience any kind of abuse. I felt like that was a given, you just don’t hurt your kids. I felt as if having the parents that I did was normal and something that I was entitled to. However, as sad as it is to say often times having good parents isn’t something we’re entitled to but a privilege.
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