The Streets Still Call My Name Essay

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I had always been told by my father, “Never show your tears. It is a sign of weakness.” At that time, I was eight years old and without question, I believed him. While boys played video games together and girls attended sleep overs, I stayed at home, barricaded by these four walls, only to be entertained by the TV. That was all my siblings and I had to drown the noise of my parents bickering, of unpaid bills, mortgages, accumulating debt, and questions concerning my father’s disappearance for the last week. I remember my father’s familiar laugh and how he grinded his teeth when shouting. This lifestyle became routine for me. I first began suspecting that something tragic had begun happening when I was told that our phone number changed. I …show more content…
Forced to adopt a new identity, I had been pigeonholed by the social shame of being homeless, a fact that I never wanted to come to terms with.
I remember holding an empty pot for nearly an hour before my arms began to hurt hoping someone would toss in a coin. Among all this, two local homeless men began to viciously attack one another. Their eyes began bulging wide as they resorted to cheap moves and began biting one another. As suddenly as it began, it soon dispersed as the police arrived and ended the confrontation. The officers soon talked amongst each other and laughed at how two “old dirty men” began fighting over a dollar bill. The attitude exemplified by the police officers disgusted me. Being homeless was a mark of shame that branded people by the formulation of all the possible theories strangers would assume as they saw your face. Recognition that I was a human being was almost nonexistent as people viewed me as an annoyance rather than a starving child. I credit my motivation to make a difference in this world because of a life of destitution which has contributed to the installment of many values in my life such as compassion, appreciation, dedication, effort, gratitude, and hope. These values are exercised in my everyday life and I am constantly devoted to improvement of my own self, in terms of work ethic and social progress. Because of my beliefs, I’ve become an active member of my community. I've embodied qualities of a leader

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