My grandson is now a senior in high school. I have raised him since he was 18 months old due to addiction. He is awesome, smart, kind, and talented. This story is very similar to Jarrett's. But my grandson does not want to talk about it. He explained the reason to his therapist: "I just don't care." His mother is on her death bed due to drugs/alcohol.
I know "I don't care" is not the same as "It doesn't affect me." It affects us all. It is part of what makes us who we are.
We need to make peace with whatever emotions it brings to us--even "I don't care." That's not easy for a young man in high school.
I read HELLO KIDDO and hoped my grandson would read it too. I left it on the sofa table hoping he might pick it up on his own. When I finished it, I took it to him and before I could say anything, he says "I am not going to read it." I asked if he knew what it is about and he revealed that he had read the back cover. I left it with him and suggested he consider it because it is a really good book, starts a little slow (if you don't know the background--I heard the NPR interview) but soon picks up. It is basically "our story" -- as I am sure it is for many families.
Thank you, Jarrett, for sharing your story in such a readable form. It is a beautiful work.
How do we get it read by those who need it most -- the kids suffering through it? It's therapy for the grandparents too!
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc (1 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545902487
- ISBN-13: 978-0545902489
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
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