Runaway: Life on the Streets: the Lessons Learned

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It is my intention, through my book, to try to relate to teenagers the pain, suffering, and sadness a runaway child feels after reaching adulthood. The teenager who takes to the streets, and experiences what I describe in my book, both the good and the bad, will forever remain sad, lonely and in a state of total distrust of family, friends and spouse.

As an abused teen, living in a Florida orphanage, I had to always walk a very strict line. ...
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Overview

It is my intention, through my book, to try to relate to teenagers the pain, suffering, and sadness a runaway child feels after reaching adulthood. The teenager who takes to the streets, and experiences what I describe in my book, both the good and the bad, will forever remain sad, lonely and in a state of total distrust of family, friends and spouse.

As an abused teen, living in a Florida orphanage, I had to always walk a very strict line. Any variation from that "line" and I knew I would be thrown away, discarded like a piece of trash. My caretakers made sure that I did not forget it. That is the one thing for which I will never forgive. The reason for this lack of forgiveness, on the part of all children, is that they will forever feel undeserving of love, devotion, and equality.

I made a choice when I was a young teen. I thought I was choosing the lesser of two evils. Life on the streets had to be better than the life of hell that I was living at home. Boy was I wrong in that decision. The horrific experiences that I suffered at the hands of those I met out on the street caused five failed marriages in my life. Because of those experiences, I also remained almost totally friendless for years, mainly because of my distrust of all human beings.

However, most runaway teens (if they live) will eventually succeed in life, but only because they rule and structure their lives with their thought processes rather than with their emotional processes. A wonderful human emotional process lost and destroyed forever, by life on the streets. What a terrible way to have to live for the remainder of your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434335661
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Runaway-A fantastic read

    Every now and then I come across a book that can move mountains. This is such a book. This compilation of 'lessons learned the hard way' is written through the eyes of a young boy raised in horrendous conditions in the Children's Home Society Orphanage in Jacksonville, Florida. Through the telling of each story, based on the author's childhood, layers of innocence are peeled back until raw, bleeding, scabbed over. The progression of events details the spirit-crushing journey of a lonely little boy, whose only crime was to be an orphan. One would be hard-pressed to dig up anyone more evil, more foul, than the head matron with a shriveled, dried-up, blackened, hard little nut for a heart. My head was still sore where Mrs. Winters, the head matron, had hit me numerous times with her Bible.--'How It All Begins' One can hear Roger's voice, the voice of a child, the one with big ears. It is unbelievable how a cigarette hanging in the mouth of a nine-year-old can make the girls forget your big elephant ears. However, eventually you will run out of cigarettes, and then your ears seem to get big all over again, all of a sudden.--'In the Patio' It has its share of bittersweet moments: At twelve years old, I was living on the streets of Jacksonville. I was eating out of dumpsters and garbage cans, but only the ones located behind the better restaurants. If you have to be a bum, then you might as well be a high-class bum, or there is no point in living anymore.--'Chinese Drugs' Moments that make you wonder: 'You got any belongings?' asked Don. 'What are belongings?' --'I was a Cowboy' Moments that punch you squarely in the heart: Once again, I had run away from the orphanage--this time for being slapped across the face, because I refused to drink my warm powdered milk.--'America' A warning is in order: this is not for the faint-of-heart. Which is exactly the point of this book. Life out on the streets is not for the faint-of-heart, where the scourge of predators abounds. By writing this book, Roger Dean Kiser hopes to empower teens contemplating running away, so that they may avoid the same pitfalls. His goal is so that no one 'will ever have to know what it is like to eat from a garbage can, or warm their bodies standing around a 55-gallon barrel.' The cold, hard truth is shattering. By the same token, this unflinching testimonial may very well have the power to save a life. To all the lost souls, this book is for you. Roger Dean Kiser, you are a true survivor. You are my hero. Jennifer Oliver

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