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A person learns to accept love and hope.

I guess that if I have a good attitude and learn to accept people's goodness towards me, then my life as I know it would change dramatically.

I have never really had what you would call a "good life".  I mean, I was a child of abusive parents: I never heard them utter the all-important words that any child longs to hear: "I love you".  I was always told that I was a "no-goodnik", that I was doomed for utter failure and despair.

I learned that no matter what I did, I could never please my mom and dad.  I think they expected way too much from me, and it turned me into a bitter-minded, nasty person with a sour outlook on the world.

It was my professor in college that opened the door of hope for me.  She knew that I was going through things, and, because of it, my academic work suffered horribly.  I was on the verge of becoming a college dropout: college really meant nothing to me.  I didn't know what I was going to do with my life.

Professor Edelsehnn took me underneath her wing.  She said that if I put more effort into trying to bring my grades up, she would see about helping me get a loan, so I could finish my schooling.  While I had my doubts at first, I eventually took her words to heart, and soon, I found myself studying like I had never studied before.  If I ever had a problem, she would take time out of her already-busy day to help me work through it until I got it right.

Soon, what I was taking in college became easier and easier.  I was now enjoying my classes, and I started forming new friendships.  For the first time in my life, I actually felt accepted.  Loved.  Respected.  

And it felt good!

I was soon craving the special attention Professor Edelsehnn was pouring on me.  I likened it to good medicine.  I felt if I didn't have it, I would waste away, shrivel to nothing.  All the years my parents beat me down had taken a toll on my emotional well being, and I was determined to rise above it.  I wanted to prove to others that I could do well in my schooling.  It obviously worked because last year, I graduated with a 4.0 grade average.  I was class salulatorian: I was the second-best in my class in college!

I was now being serenaded by all sorts of businesses who wanted to put my talents for writing and dealing with people to the forefront.  I was getting job offers left and right.  I eventually snagged a book deal with a reputable publisher, and I am now currently writing my life story, which will (hopefully) be released next year.

Not bad for a potential college dropout who was told by his parents that he'd "never amount to anything"!

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/22/2010
Nice story. Amazing what a little encouragement and tough love can do. Patrick
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/13/2010

What a wonderful comeback! A child beaten that could have wandered aimlessly, but instead finds purpose in life. Very well written.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/13/2010
Excellent story, Karen, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/13/2010
Verrrrrrry nicely done, Karen. God bless you my friend.

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