Day #82: Ellen & the Escapades- “Run”
Part of the new job involves managing a website designed to help victims of crime track the custody status of their criminal offenders. Wanting to see how the system works, I ran a search for the one or two people I knew who might have wound up in jail back in Florida. Oddly, someone popped up that I wasn’t expecting (I searched for his mother). A kid that lived across the street from us when I was growing up. There were five of us kids, who lived on that street, and he was the youngest. About three years younger than me. And five years ago, he started serving a jail sentence.
Tom reminded me that he was named a Disney Dreamer & Doer when he was in elementary school. I remember that. He was proud as punch to have received the honor. It probably didn’t mean much to anyone else, but the winners used to get a certificate and their names in the local paper. As a kid, that’s something that motivates you for greatness, especially if you never got something like that before. I wonder now if a teacher nominated him with that in mind. To instill some ambition and self-respect at an age when it mattered most. Tom always said that he had the deck stacked against him since the day he was born. His mother was an absolute wreck, and he never had anyone else that was much of a role model. Nor, did he have siblings or even kids in the neighborhood his own age. That he wound up in jail was heartbreaking, but not really surprising.
I’m sorry for the way life turned out, Josh.