Great news for you! I have just finished reading the memoir you wrote for people like me who take life for granted. As you may know it took a while for me to read it although I want you to know I enjoyed reading it. In fact I am glad I came across your book. Your adventures have taught me to think more optimistically. Emotionally reading your book allowed me to open my eyes and heart a little more to things I never knew about in life. This letter will explain my thoughts on it.
You said how you were forced to leave school for work and how you were so upset about it. You said how you were hurt because you felt like your parents didn’t want you. All these things got my head spinning. School used to put me down until I really didn’t care about it. I did so crap in most my subjects. I always did work and never missed homework but I’d always get bad grades like D’s and even an E until I couldn’t be bothered anymore. School, in other words, was just like a place my body says I have to attend to but my brain would do something else, which is to not learn anything. Missing a day of school because of being sick is like heaven to me. Now I’m thinking how stupid I think sometimes. Learning how important school is to you is great. How you raged when your mum said to you that you had to drop out really hit me. I wish to feel the same way about learning. I will be going to university next year and I promise you I’m going to choose wisely and always reach to the highest I can.
Abuse is a huge part of your story. Family always comes first. They should always be our biggest supporters. In your case I’m sorry you didn’t like them too much. It upset me that the abuse came from your family. That “Old Bastard”, as you liked to call him. Every time you mention him I just want to puke, because what he’s done as a grown-up man really disgusted me. One of the things I remember most from your writing is when that old bastard beat up your twin Ella for not asking the king for permission to go out. At least you’re lucky to have a big family. It’s not boring. And when you can’t count on one you know you have the rest to fall back on like Ella and Peter. In my case, of course, my mum and Dad are the only two people I grew up with. My mum miscarried my older sister, Lara. She would be around 20 if she made it. Of course there are times when I feel mad about being an only child. But the problems I have are so different to what you had. The only thing we have in common is probably no swearing ever!
At times I feel the need to hate them for the stuff I’d thought was huge but now, seem to be tiny problems compared to yours. I always had a problem with Mum and Dad being overprotective to the max, treating me like a baby, and all the arguing of just teenage stuff and me ending up pissed off and, deciding to spend most my time in my room cheering myself up with either movies, Skyping friends and Facebook. Now, comparing my problems to yours makes mine sound stupid and immature. I have come to realise how lucky I really am being where I am now. I’m at a place where education is important, I have a comfortable house, I get most of what I want, but most importantly my parents always show how much they love and care for me and after reading your memoir I realise I have it easy. We all have our ups and downs because that’s just life, and life isn’t always perfect.
Suzie you are a legend to me. I can just see how strong of a person you are and I wish to be more like you. You stick to the great things you want to achieve such as teaching high school students like me who are lost in life or being hit by child abuse. You always had your head high even when your life was so hard, you still made jokes and had stuff to laugh about. You have taught me quite a lot through this memoir with all the events and struggles you went through and I have learnt not to give up so easily. I am happy to say you are an inspiration to me.