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The Child Called It


TheChild Called It

Thechild called it

Thestory is about a young boy and the mistreatment he received from herbiological mother. The boy in the story is named Dave. Dave is theprincipal character of the story due to the revolving mistreatmentsthat surround him. Dave used to be mistreated by both his mother andhis brothers. The mistreatment started way over a long time ago whenhe was still a kid, and he thought they were just the regulardisciplining measure that kids get from their parents. However, as hewas growing the mistreatment continued and escalated to the point ofphysical injury. It is worth noting that according to Dave, thefamily used to be the perfect family he could ever have. They used toenjoy Halloweens, vacations, and even Christmas altogether as afamily and in some cases, in the absentia of their father who couldhave been probably at work during the few instances, they went for aholiday without him. However, tables turned, and her mother startedto suffer from some unknown problems. She began to mistreat Dave,beating him up, overworking him, toppling him, refusing to feed himand even stabbing the small kid with a knife. The whole story is acomplete misery to the young child who had already accepted themistreatment and had yearned to survive not letting the variousmistreatment demoralize his determination. The entire book continuesto talk about the effects of the mother unknown problem and how shetreated his family to the point of her husband abandoning them andDave being taken under tender care. The whole story is chronical ofevents that the boy used to experience under his family care.

Thestory educates about the consequences of various life problem. Dave’smother had some life problems that they did not notice until when itwas too late. Their mother suffered from the problem for quite anextended period, but the family members rarely saw. They failed tonotice the behavior since their mother used to be good but when theacute stage of the problem caught up with her, she brainwashed themwith the notion that Dave was not a good boy. The problem had changedtheir mother to a greater extent. The author uses figurative languageto describe how the problem had changed her whereby he says thatindeed now their mother looked like a &quotmother&quot (Pelzer,1995). Looking like a mother here means that she looked aged,unstylish and at a greater extent unfashionable as in the comparisonto how she used to be earlier. All these changes were brought by theproblem she had started to develop. The life problem led their motherto drink behaviors. The drinking habits made her forget about one ofhis kid and could not even feed him for more than three days. Theconsequences of the various life problem resulted to their fatherleaving them and also one of the kids being separated from her.Separation of a child from the biological family can be very painful,but that did not seem to affect their mother since the problem hadcompletely consumed her.

Thestory also helps to understand the will and determination to survive.Dave’s life was worsening day in and out since the beginning of thevarious mistreatment he received from his mother. The boy wasoverworked each and every day. The mother ensured that he could notget food if he did not accomplish all the assigned duties. Davereceived emotional injuries, torture and fear were inflicted on himuntil he could no longer be frightened by certain elements that canresult in death. His education was being affected he no longer caredabout the grades he got in school. Dave behavior changed, he used tobe a disciplined and well-groomed kid, but now he had changed into athief and also a dirty kid with a tornado of stench (Pelzer, 1995).All this were the consequences and mistreatments that he receivedfrom his mother. However, despite all this treatment, hisdetermination and the will to survive pushed him not to give up. Theboy had so many options to end the miserable life but still he vowednot to use them. He had the option of not returning home from school.Also, he had a choice of running away from home and going and maystay with an aunt, but all he wanted was to stay and survive in thefamily no matter the unfriendly circumstances and harsh conditions.Dave determination to survive made him attract the attention of theschool nurse who pitied him a lot and gave home some comfort. It isthrough the determination and will to survive that made him free.

Throughthe various mistreatment that Dave experienced, we can learn thatmistreatment and challenges in life cannot determine our destiny.Dave passed through a lot of mistreatments of life, but he nevergives up and continued to hope that one day his father will come forhim. The kid had given his best to try to please his mother, but thatwas not good enough. He even had learned ways to fake pain so thathis mother could be satisfied that she had hurt him enough. Also, theauthor narrates to us how he used to protect his mother from theteachers whenever they asked him who hurt him (Pelzer, 1995). Even inthe last point where he is getting saved from the mistreatments bythe principal and the police, the kid hesitates to admit that it washis mother doings that caused him all the harms. The mistreatmentsthat the kid gets, the various challenges he sees while within thefamily premises does not hinder the destiny of freedom that the childreceived after becoming free. Challenges will always be there inlife people will always treat you differently despite yourrelationship with them. However those challenges should not let usgive up, they should never deter us from living instead they shouldmake us always work harder to change the current situation for abetter tomorrow.

Theauthor employs this book to teach the world and all the readers ofthis book that parenting is a cooperative role between the twoparents. Dave`s father left due to the unwelcoming nature of hiswife. He left his children in the hands of a parent who never worriedand cared about Dave. The father could have remained around andhelped his wife in bringing up Dave. When he left, Dave situationworsened since he (Dave) believed that his father was his security inthe house. When we come across a problem, we should not run away fromthem, but we should confront them. If the father had stayed maybe, hecould have gotten a chance to save his wife. However, due to hisfailure to remain around with the family, his family was embarrassed,their son Dave was taken by the Juvenile care center, and thecondition of his wife continued to worsen. The father neglected hisparenting role, and he had a chance to change the mistreatments thatDave was undergoing through. Out of this neglecting Dave started tohate him, at one point when he was stabbed by his mother with a knifeon the chest, Dave says that he felt disliking his father more thanhe hated his mother (Pelzer, 1995). The reason was that instead ofthe father playing his role as a father and help the kid when he wasbleeding to death, the father told the son to continue working beforehis mother realizes he is not washing the dishes. The situation, inthis case, was a parent betrayal to his kid. The father could havestood up for his son and take him to the hospital. Due to not playinghis part in the bringing up of his children one of them, Dave, wasstabbed by the mother.

Theauthor of this book has taken the role of the persona. He tells hisstory from personal experience. The story about Dave teaches thereaders so many things. It teaches the reader about life problems andchallenges, parenting roles and even the importance of beingdetermined. Dave`s determination led him to his rescue. A delayeddestiny is not the same as a lost future. The delayed one willeventually arrive, but a lost one cannot be found. The author wrotethis book with the main theme of encouraging others in the samesituation and letting them understand that one day they will gethelp.


Pelzer,D. (1995). Achild called &quotit&quot(1st Ed.). Deerfield Beach, Fla.: Health Communications.