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The incredible story of an abused and neglected boy who became a successful teacher, only to have his very existence threatened by a rare, incurable disease.
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I was a shadow, the silent child, never spoken to or touched except in anger.
No hello. No goodbye. No "I love you." "Bad seed," said my mother. I was Nobody's Boy.
We moved more than 100 times by the time I was in my teens. We kids sometimes ate chicken feed, or chewed tar from telephone poles. But I bore the brunt. One Christmas my six siblings all got gifts. Not me. Not a trinket. I was Nobody.
First Mom disappeared, then Dad; so the State of California gave me a number: 10114. "Who would want to adopt you?" they said. I learned to hide the tears, the vulnerable child, beneath my warrior mask. Then my parents reappeared and jerked us back into a lower hell.
There were glimmers of hope. A class for the gifted. Straight A's. Graduation with honors. But who cared? My dad's parting words: "You'll never be able to hold a job and make a living!"
Even as a successful teacher, I was the hollow man. There was no way on earth for heaven to reach me, even if God Himself appeared in the sky. Or so I thought. . .
Roland Hegstad is facing his fiftieth year of deadlines. He edited Liberty magazine for 35 years. Retired in Maryland, he is the founding editor of Perspective Digest. Earlier books include Rattling the Gates and Baseball, Apple Pie, and Liberty.
Grover Wilcox lives in southern California, where he serves as unofficial emissary to the dying at Loma Linda Medical Center.
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