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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:45 PM

When was a young man, I was mixed up. I was ravaged by acne and had parents

basically left us alone to grow up, using us pawns in a nasty divorce.

I'm not blaming them, my mom started a twenty year battle with cancer when I was in fifth grade. My dad was an alcoholic of the worst kind and was never able to break out of the family curse.

My Mother made a second mistake when she remarried when I was going into seventh grade. She was a fighter and a strong willed woman who tried very hard.

I just wanted to put that out here.

Thankfully, there were a few songs I remember that truly spoke to me.

This is one....



At 17...

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WCGreen Dec 2012 OP
In_The_Wind Dec 2012 #1
WCGreen Dec 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2012 #3
nashville_brook Dec 2012 #4
riverwalker Dec 2012 #5
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #6
ReRe Dec 2012 #7
lastlib Dec 2012 #8

Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:52 PM

1. You turned out okay, Chris.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:56 PM

2. Well, the jury may still be out...

but thank you.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:58 PM

3. Beautiful song, Chris...

I think many of us, as teenagers, could identify with her. I know I did.

It was unfair, what was done to you, but nevertheless, you grew up with integrity and honesty inside you.

And those qualities have benefited everyone who knows you...

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:39 PM

4. i can totally relate.

my family was a wreck with alcoholism and major health issues. no divorce...just an angry, bitter parents.

one of the songs that truly spoke to me (i had no idea what the lyrics are until just now HA!

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:08 PM

5. oh, WC that one was my anthem

"brown eyed girl in hand me downs, whose name you never could pronounce"
'twas me

I loved her song "Society's Child" too..

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:12 PM

6. Ditto about the nasty divorce pawns and alchoholic mean parents.

To strive to be everything better than them, to grow beyond their hatred and indifference, to become your true self beyond the damage they caused you. Keep on going, your good karma makes this life worth it.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:23 PM

7. I presume you are a boomer?

...I'd bet 95% of us lived through a ton of crap. Every family seemed to have it's own dysfunctionality. It's a wonder any of us lived thru it. But we did and here we are. Hope you're doing OK, Mr Green. Best wishes to you and yours and all of us hump-babies. And I loved Janis Ian.

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Response to WCGreen (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:41 PM

8. I was seventeen when that song came out!

God, it nailed my high school perfectly!

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