Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

HOMELESS


The Rogue Speaks:

“I’m freezing!” she cried, teeth chattering.

“She’s having chills with this fever,” he thought.

“I’m thirsty,” she whimpered, and he put the water to her parched lips.

“I know it’s been four years, but they really need to know how sick you are,” he said earnestly.

“It’s no use. I’m not welcome there any longer. They threw me out! Said not to come back until I was clean and sober!”

“You’ve been clean for two years now. Tell them! You need antibiotics and some nourishing food! Please!”

“Oh, o.k.,” she said, weakly, and recited the number for him to dial.

“The number you’ve reached is no longer in service…”



Isn't it sad to see homeless teens? Oh, you know what??? I can't write this! I have no idea how parents can cope with a teen out of control! I tried, but wasn't successful. Please read the other offerings for Jenny's Saturday Centus, because I guarantee they are a lot more entertaining than mine. Sorry!!


p.s. Blogger is screwing with us again, and I am having a lot of difficulty leaving comments. Please know that I read every offering and comment. Hopefully this is only a temporary annoyance!!

26 comments:

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

A very sad and poignant post, Judie. Thanks for the message.
Great writing, as always.
xoRobyn

Daydreamertoo said...

It is very sad indeed. We can only show them the way, the rest is up to them. I have a 15 year old right now who thinks she knows everything. It's so sad to see them at this stage when they know it all and can't be told.
This is heart breaking in its truth.

beckyp said...

great take on the prompt

Karen S. said...

You did just fine, I do believe, it is always a hard thing....and one that really isn't good for so many involved...and yet there are those that this does happen.....I am thankful never having to have to have this in my life....where ever did you get such a great photo, it's quite perfect for this Judie! Amazing...

Judie said...

DDTOO, I used to tell my kids when they threatened to leave home, "Run away NOW, while you still KNOW EVERYTHING!"

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Judie - Very sad!! I'm so fortunate my sons didn't put me through this - "there but for the grace of god". Your comment "run away now....." is a good one :D


I have given you an award to post on your blog. You can pick it up on my blog :D Hope you like it!

Regards, Mari

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Nonna Beach said...

Excellent Judie ! You have actually succeeded brilliantly with this take on the prompt.

Sometimes after a big fall from grace and tough love when all else fails, it can scare a reformed child from contacting or coming back to a family because another possible failure or disappointment is too much to bare. In this case, loud and clear, the parents have rejected their child completely...so very sad !

Ames said...

Judie, I couldn't begin to imagine, I mean I would die trying to keep my daughter near me. I could never kick her to the curb. Oh you are absolutely right. It is too hard to try to even begin to imagine things being so bad that a parent would turn thier child away. You did a wonder job giving the child's view point.~Ames

P.S. I couldn't leave comments either and I did read all of them too!

Alison said...

Wow, this was so sad, and really touching. Great use of the prompt. I really like how you used a picture too.

Francisca said...

A sensitive take on a troubling subject, Judie.

What's with Blogger? First it won't let you post, then it goes into my spam box (don't worry, I got it out and published - thanks for persevering!). I was thinking there could be an issue with your account (like, are you still using the old Blogger interface?), but then I saw Ames' comment... Hmmm...

Bethe77 said...

I really liked the use of the prompt and the story you wrote. It is soemthign that we all need to be aware of it we are parents or grandparents. Keep the same number!
Blessings

upinthecosmos said...

It is a sad thing, especially when they leave home thinking it will be better. Worse when it actually is better than what their home life was like:( thought provoking write:-)

Viki said...

I am so fortunate that I've never had these problems with my son. Although I do have some experience with this with an estranged brother although he's an adult. It is a very tragic situation.

Sue said...

This was heartbreaking and beautifully written.

We can never lose hope. They do come back sometimes, even after a very long time. I've seen it happen.

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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Judie, how sad this was. My heart is breaking. You are so right. The drug problems in our country are not being handled right. I wish I knew the answer, but there are way to many teens and their families separated and suffering because of drugs. Well done! laurie @ Battling My Inner Critic

askcherlock said...

Judie this was great. Parenting teens is one of the most difficult jobs ever. And they can be very ungrateful grown-ups. Wait till their kids are teens. Life will come back to bite them. In this post you show the largesse of your heart. Pity the fool who does not see that.

cj Schlottman said...

Judie,

Yes, you CAN write about these things. You MUST. Doing so reveals your wide heart and promotes awareness of the plight of homeless addicts - teens and adults.

You know better than most how close this is to my heart. You can never go wrong bringing these issues to the fore. I thank you for this Centus, and I thank you for being you.

Namaste...........cj

Dazee Dreamer said...

How utterly sad that was. It makes my heart hurt to see homeless teens. Makes you wonder how horrible their lives were to have them not in them. Great job.

The Cello Strings said...

sad, well plotted story.

stay well.

Tammy said...

Poignant post. My heart (and prayers) go out to all those who deal with this issue.

JJ said...

Drugs affect entire families, not just abusers. It is a pity.

JJ said...

Judie: Did my comment yesterday get posted? In any event, I was wondering how you are making out with the dust storm.

nothingprofound said...

Judie, where I live there is a Commons area where homeless young people congregate during the day. There's a soup kitchen nearby where many go to get their meals. What they do at night, and how they survive, one can only imagine. Sadly, my daughter ran into an old schoolmate of hers there who was obviously suffering from severe mental problems. She would drive him around in her car for hours and, out of kindness, listen to his incoherent ramblings. He did recognize her, so knew she could be trusted. She told me that he was eventually picked up by the police and placed in some sort of facility. I hope he's being treated kindly and getting the kind of help he needs. Very sad! I knew him when he was just a little boy.

nothingprofound said...

Incidentally, Judie, the problem may be your browser. If you're using Internet Explorer, that tends to fail much of the time.

Splendid Little Stars said...

painful. You captured it well.

Jenny said...

Yeah. This hurt my heart. Been there. Done that. acccckkkk!

This was really, really good Judie.

Now I need to go find a kleenex, though. Or a margarita.