'Underage Drinking' is in epidemic proportions across this
Country. 'Binge Underage Drinking is highly prevalent on College campuses. My
Book is written about this subject; and those 'of age'; who are only too willing
I moved my young Son at the age of twelve to a Northwoods area
of Northern Michigan. We moved to this area; to escape from an environment where
alcohol and getting drunk was accepted as the 'norm.'
Believing, I had made the 'right decision' we began our new
lives in this area! I raised My Son to be a' success' in life!
My Son excelled at everything 'he touched' and indeed he was
I am qualified to write this book. I have always heard' write
what you know. , This is the story of my years; raising My Son in Northern Michigan
and the sad, painful outcome of my decision to raise My Son in this area.
I took my young son away from an environment of alcohol and
If only I would have known; the area we moved into would take
My Son away from me. In this area; alcohol was more accepted as the 'norm' than
the area we had left behind!
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Patrick, said to me; It’s no big deal, there was some violence at a New Year’s Eve party in a distant, neighboring community and some destruction of property."
"Don’t worry about it Ma." "I will handle it!"
My Son was Nineteen; I had to give him the necessary room to grow into a man; and the chance to ‘spread his wings’. Patrick was a little too ‘easy going’ for my liking. I had learned much earlier in my days here; I would be ‘trampled’ over in this area. I became an ‘aggressive, assertive, independent female.’
I remember being in Patty’s room, putting laundry away, gathering up other items.
It was then; I saw the cell phone.
A cell phone; hum; he must have got this while I was in Alabama.
I wondered if Patrick could afford to have a cell phone?
My Son and I spoke about the cell phone.
He took on a defensive attitude - not like my Patty.
He said to me," The only thing I can tell you is;" " I need to have this phone!"
"I need it." " Don’t ask me anything more" "I can’t tell you!"
As I stood there looking at My Son; I looked deep into His Eyes.
Something was really wrong and as His Mother I ‘sensed" it.
What was happening to My Son?
Later I was to learn, after reading some court exams; yes it was another’ under age drinking party’ on New Years Eve 2000.
There was destruction of property; My Son and his friends from out ‘our way’ could have been seriously injured or worse ‘that early morning.’
All; These, teenagers had been doing some heavy drinking!
Violence erupted over the competition of High School Basketball.
High School Basketball; in out of the way rural communities. I was completely unaware; ‘Basketball’ could become so competitive to the degree of violence.
My son and his friends from out their way; were in a car, frantically attempting to get’ the hell’ out of there.
They were blocked in; in the driveway.
The car and the teenagers in it; ‘it was reported’ was being rocked, kicked and shook; to the point of being like ‘out of’ a Michigan State University Riot!
While reading these reports; I learned the Private Investigator came to see My Son; for a reason. He was told by many in the area; "You want to talk to an honest young man;" go see Patrick.
The teenagers from Patty’s area; all decided upon one story on the way home; they would stick with this invented version.
Patrick made a few trips into the larger distance town. He would not tell me where he was going. Something serious I sensed from his face. I found out; My Son; was going to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to talk with them!
Patrick’s smiling, happy face; at times held a troubled, worried look.
Much, much, later; I learned there was going to be a jury trial.
My Son; was to be ‘subpoenaed ‘ in towards the end; along with one other young woman from his area.
They were the two; who were deemed to be so well known and well liked by many; the two who would ‘tell the truth.’ This would never take place; as ‘one’ of the two honest young teenagers would not be able to appear!
Shortly after arriving back from Alabama; the Investigator, the cell phone and my terrifying re-occurring nightmares told me something was really wrong - something to do with MY SON!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Recently, I read this book. Although it is fiction; I was left with the feeling it is a true story. Patrick was an outstanding young man and honest. What happened to Patrick was a conspiracy. The Law completely failed this young man with a cover up on this accident. I knew this when I read how all the evidence was destroyed before the private investigator could arrive. Justice did not prevail as it should have!
AFTER READING 'HE BELONGED TO US' BY AURORA BOREALIS; I AM LEFT WITH A STRONG FEELING THAT WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN WAS 'POLITICAL.' IN THE NEAR FUTURE; I AM HOPING THERE WILL BE A SEQUEL TO THE BOOK.
'HE BELONGED TO US' BY AURORA BOREALIS WAS A COMBINATION OF EASY TO READ' IT FLOWS WELL & INCREDIBLY HARD TO READ IN SOME CHAPTERS. BOREALIS'S HEART 'BLEEDS INTO SOME PAGES.' IN THIS PARTICULAR STORY' 'IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO HARM AND DESTROY A CHILD.'
THE BOOK 'HE BELONGED TO US' IS QUITE THE BOOK. AS I READ ABOUT THIS MULTI-TALENTED YOUNG MAN WITH SUCH A SHINING FUTURE; I CRIED ALL THE WAY THROUGH THIS BOOK. MEN USUALLY REMAIN STRONG AND HOLD TEARS BACK. THIS WAS NOT THE CASE WITH ME AS I READ 'HE BELONGED TO US!
I read about this book in FOREWARD MAGAZINE. The Book was ordered right away by me and my wife. We both read the story of this young man's life. With high school proms and graduations in the near future; I recommend 'parents' and their teenagers too-------READ THIS BOOK.
THE YOUNG BOY AND LATER YOUNG MAN IN THIS BOOK IS AN ATHLETE. PATRICK IS A NATURAL AT THE SPORTS OF GOLF AND BASKETBALL. DESTINED TO BE ON THE PGA TOUR. I READ THIS BOOK MANY TIMES WITH TEAR FILLED EYES! I NEVER EXPECTED 'HE BELONGED TO US' TO HAVE AN ENDING SUCH AS IT DOES. ALTHOUGH FICTION; I FELT AS IF I PERSONALLY KNEW THIS FINE YOUNG MAN. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO PATRICK ON HIS DRIVE HOME ALONG THAT DESOLATE HIGHWAY? I HOPE THERE IS A SEQUEL TO THIS BOOK AS I AM LEFT WITH THE FEELING THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY OF PATRICK.
This book is about the subject of 'underage drinking' and those of age who are only too willing to provide. Only too willing to provide and not give another thought as to what could and often times does happen. Patrick the main character gets deep into the heart of everyone he knows. Patrick knows many people as he has many interests in his life. Although; this book is fiction, the reader gets the feeling of being a part of this story. This book is written by His Mother and you feel her Heart so strong; it is embedded deep into each page of this book. This books is one you do not want to put down; it reads well and I am pleased to own it. I recommend this book for parents to read.
He Belonged To Us by Aurora Borealis touched My Heart so strongly. While reading this book I felt like I was part of the story. Many tears fell as I read this book. This story is one I will never forget and as I read I asked myself time and time again; how would I handle this if it happened to me? I pray that it never does!
This book is about the subject of 'underage drinking' and those of age who are only too willing to provide. This book reads easily and flows along smoothly. The main character; Patrick sounds like a wonderful young man. A young man that any Mother would be 'proud; to call her Son. There are times when reading this book where you will need a box of tissues next to you. There is a 'message; in this book. I plan on reading it again. Reading it again; this time out loud to my teenage Son and Daughter.