This isn't Brad but model Josh. I spent a long time thinking about Brad last evening and this morning. There isn't a day that goes by where my thoughts aren't with him in some way. I wake up in the morning to one of his images posted up in my bedroom and also the same image as a wallpaper on my computer. And I'm sure his thoughts are on me as well even though he can't communicate with me directly. Easy access to a computer would solve that but he doesn't have that option at the moment.
We are both friends on Windows Live where he is my only favourite and also linked on my family listing. I consider him like family anyway and treat him as such. Its an awful thing to be from a child from a divorce, tossed from one parent to the other and then left to fend for himself. The friends that I know that come from such circumstances haven't fared all that well in life, and its not confined to friends. I have family members from similar circumstances, half-siblings, so I know better than most what he might be going through.
All that aside, where Brad lives jobs are difficult to find (the east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia in fact). That's why many leave for central or western Canada in order to find employment and make a life for themselves which is what I've been trying to convince him to do, with my help of course. I shoot off some funds now and then as I can afford it. Keep in mind that I am still trying to get my own finances in order after the mini-stroke I suffered back in May. It was around that time that I heard from him last. I guess I would best describe myself as a father figure in his life. Like every true father would I worry about him.
I suspect from his life experiences to date that Brad has trouble trusting people. I mean, his very birth parents have let him down. The reasons for that are varied and many I am sure but someway we have to find a way out of this mess. Everything that I've promised, I have honoured, so at some point I hope that he will open his heart to trust the very person that feels the most for him. This will certainly help him with other relationships. We don't live in a vacuum, you know!
What I'd most like to do is wrap my arms around him and give Brad a great big hug letting him know that I love him and that I'm there for him. Mere words are not enough. We have a world full of people from different walks of life that say many things and never live up to them, politicians in particular. Its action that gives it all meaning. So, Brad, if you or someone you know has happened upon this post, take the time to comment. You'll long not forget it.!
Be kind and forgiving of people. Life is like a stage as Shakespeare pointed out. We come, play our partand then exit. While we're here (physical presence on Earth), we learn from our experiences and others learn from us, or so it should be, so those are some of my thoughts for the day. - V
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