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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:10 AM

25. Powerful OP

Thank you for this.

I found school to be difficult for a variety of reasons. I could get good grades rather easily, but was totally lacking in both social skills and self-esteem .....both being products of the rather stark existence that was my home life. But the one thing I could do extremely well was fight, and that kept me from being picked on much, at least to my face.

Looking back on my life now, I think that I have done some pretty amazing things. Just the fact that I'm not dead, or in prison, suggests that I beat the odds. I had a rewarding career in social work; did some teaching; and have been a successful grass roots activist. But the most important thing I've done is provided a stable, fun home-life for my four children.

Still, my younger son calls me "the only human being with no friends." Of course, I do have a few friends. But, much like that kid I used to be, I find peace in being alone.

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