Its Not About Deserve

Captain Trevor: Maybe people aren't always good, maybe its who they are. Wonder Woman: They were killing each other, killing people they cannot see, children. My Mother was right, she said "the world of men do not deserve you." They don't deserve our help. Captain Trevor: Its not about deserve! Maybe we don't. Its not…

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Troll Hair & Peanuts

At the end of my 2nd year at Shelterwood, the resident I was closest to at the time had just graduated. I was really confident that he would do well. He also lived 2 hours away so I knew I would be able to see him often. With all that, I wasn't the mess I…

Bowling Shoes

A "One On One" was the term we used at Shelterwood for a time that staff would take one of the guys to hangout individually. You could go eat, see a movie, go to church, or whatever else. It was a time that made the kids feel like people again instead just residents at a facility and built…

Identity

My first year at Shelterwood (a therapeutic Christian boarding school) was from 2011 until 2012. I wasn't prepared for the things I would experience there and the mental impact it had on me... To have restrain people when they were a harm to themselves or others. Seeing the emotional hurt the residents felt. The constant…

Chair Shots

I watched professional wrestling in the 90's. Somebody originally tried to sell me on wrestling with Hulk Hogan. I wasn't buying it. Hogan's brand of utter nonsense nearly turned me off to it. But then I saw the "Macho Man" Randy Savage. His colorful ring gear + his wild energy captured my attention. I was…

Love, Waffles, and Possibilities

Me and my roommate at my previous live-in residential job began watching "Parks and Recreation" not realizing that we wouldn't finish the series together. The second year of his contract was coming up and he would be moving on. I was beat up and burnt out after six years in residential youth work. I found…