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P. Gordon Kennedy
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PostSubject: The Lost Boy   Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:58 am

There once was a boy who lost his way
He didnít know why he did what he did
A battle in the mind being lost
He fell through the cracks when nobody cared
Oh, does anyone know where all the love has gone to
When iron and lead turn the seconds to decades
He wished he was dead but thenÖ
The magistrate slammed down the gavel
Five score ten and one
Hurt and death and chaos of mind
He regretted his wrong but thenÖ
He canít undo the past
Five score ten and one
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PostSubject: Re: The Lost Boy   Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:19 am

"He fell through the cracks when nobody cared"

I knew so many of them. I try to take pride in knowing I helped some, but there were many whom I did not reach. Some of those became the lost boy in your poem.

We all share a responsibility for them. We all allowed them to fall through those cracks.

Your poem is a thoughtful expression of their plight.

Did you have an individual in mind?

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PostSubject: Re: The Lost Boy   Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:59 am

It is based on the story of an individual, but is also about the plight of those who fall through the cracks in general.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lost Boy   Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:38 pm

Peter and everyone,

A friend sent me one of those forwarded emails today. I liked it so much I posted it on my website.

It's a story about one of those kids who was falling through the cracks, so this seemed to be a good place to post it:

http://www.annjoiner.com/goodstuff.htm

Ann
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PostSubject: Re: The Lost Boy   Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:46 pm

And sometimes it doesn't take much, just small acts of kindness can make a difference. When I had a small study hall for struggling kids, a boy who came to my class dirty and unruly, came late one day clean and neatly dressed. He was smiling and happily told me the assistant principal had met him at the door to the school, and had him go to the boys locker room and take a shower while he washed his clothes. It meant the world to this boy that someone cared.
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PostSubject: Re: The Lost Boy   Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:58 am

alj wrote:
Peter and everyone,

A friend sent me one of those forwarded emails today. I liked it so much I posted it on my website.

It's a story about one of those kids who was falling through the cracks, so this seemed to be a good place to post it:

http://www.annjoiner.com/goodstuff.htm

Ann
It's a great story Ann, written by Elizabeth Ballard (now Elizabeth Ungar):

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/teddy.asp

"Elizabeth Silance Ballard-Ungarís collection of short stories, Three Letters from Teddy and Other Stories, to touch the heart. Those who are acquainted with Teddy Stallard and his teacher, Miss Thompson, will enjoy further stories of this teacher's ability to touch the lives of her students. Other stories include The Christmas Nandina, which tells of a dying womanís effort to make her last Christmas special for her three young boys. Big Rocks Cafe shows us another aspect of the homeless, while The Mirror shows us another face of aging. These and other stories will touch you and perhaps cause you to look at those around you in a different way.

Her short story, Three Letters from Teddy, first appeared in 1974 and has been almost continuously in print every year since that time in various publications. Marian Wright Edelman selected it to appear in her 1994 Annual Report of the National Childrenís Defense Fund. Congressman Dan Burton, Indiana, requested permission to have the story reprinted and distributed to every educator in his district. It has also been selected for the course packs of the schools of education in several universities including the University of South Florida, UNC-Greensboro, University of Northern Iowa and others. (Righter Publishing)."
-August 24th, 2007 by Luanne Barbee

The book, Three Letters from Teddy, can be found here:

http://www.topsail-island.info/wordpress/index.php/nc-authors/elizabeth-silance-ballard/

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