Danny’s young parents struggled to find steady jobs and income for their family. (All names are pseudonyms in a true story.) Both parents were still dealing with the trauma and stress from their own childhood relocations to the U.S.. Their families had left everything.
Danny’s family moved into a rough section of a major city, full of crime and drugs. He lived with two older siblings, Mom and Dad. Sadly, Danny’s dad (also named Danny) was violently murdered when Danny was very young. During Danny’s early years, he was told his dad was “away”.
Danny’s mother, Maria, left alone to support all three children, became despondent and desperate herself. Drinking and drugs seemed to dull her grief and stress. Her own attempts to survive financially led to her incarceration.
Danny was left without a normal relationship with either parent.
On his good days, it was clear that Danny’s academic ability was on par or ahead of his classmates and his street smarts were well above average. Those were precious, rare days.
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