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Mushmouth's Story. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 27, 2010

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A disabled man living on the streets shares his story.

Image (C) 2009, Karla Dorman.

Muh name's Mushmouth.  Dey call me dat on 'count I speak funny.  Have cer'bral palsy; it 'fected how I talk, move, or get 'round.  I use crutches to walk an' wear braces on muh legs.  I live on de s'reets; don't got no home.

I use' to live in a group home, but group home shut down, now I have nowheres to go, so I live on de s'reets, where I look for food or a place tuh sleep or stay.

I get mad at peoples 'cuz dey think I'm retarted.  Dey think 'cause my body don't work good, den dey think I'm stupid, don't know nothin'.  Well, I know lotsa things.  I know how to count to 100 (forwards an' backwards), dress muhself, talk, read (children's books), an' make change (somewhat).  I know how tuh order foods in a restrant an' ask for coffee.

I don't like livin' on de s'reets, specialy when it get cold outside.  My cloths all holey an' worn; I 'bout freeze ta death; think I'm gonna end up dyin' and becomin' an angel.  Not dat I mind, but I would like to be on dis earth a bit longer, ya know??

Prolly the worstest thing 'bout livin' on da s'reets is not having anywheres to stay or sleep or havin' peoples make fun of me 'cause I don't gots the smarts.  Hey, I can't help how I am; it's how God made me; it's how I was borned!

I have made many friends on da s'reets:  Gracie-the-Bag-Lady, Q-Man, Rica, Shoeless Joe, Vet-Man, Charlie, SnaggleTooth Annie, many other peoples.  We try to take care o' one 'nother; we each other's biggest suport systum.  We also have peoples who come visit us every week:  one of da bes' is dis teenager girl named Kendra; she a good egg, have good head on her soldiers.  (Mushmouth meant "shoulders".)

Well, I gotta go; my belly is hungry; it talkin' big-time ta me.  I gotta see if I can russle up some grubs so it can stop talkin' ta me.  I will write in here agin soon; until later, this is Mushmouth sayin' so long an' may God treat ya good!  :)

*to be continued.*

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Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 3/29/2010

What a sad story! You've captured the character and his speech so well, and made the reader go into his head and situation. Fantastic.

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/28/2010
This story really tugs at the heart strings, it is just so sad...
peace, Carole~
Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/27/2010
Sad but well written piece with a serious lesson to be learned.
Well done and may God bless, Karen.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/27/2010
A sad state for to many, sad but well written I hope help comes from Mushmouth before its to late
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/27/2010
In the richest land in the world, no one should live on the streets. :( Sadly, effectively penned, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 3/27/2010
Wow! How sad, Karen, to meet a character such as Mushmouth and go through his day, and a days worth of his life. As always, you have a way of making me connect with your characters and stories.
Your friend in Southern Californai; Mark

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