Ive reuest WS and H to post this WITHOUT CORRECTIONS…..(gonna b ruff, folks):
I quit school at age 15. 9th grade. Faild it. Not because I was dumb, but because I had more importent things to study….”Medicin”.
I knew enough to do the reading n math to make my way through life. Had no intentions of being a Rockit Scintist…Engineer…Etc.. i KNEW my calling.. HS wouldnt help in this one bit.
I had faild because of this. The MUCH FEARD Truint Officer never cought me….everyone ELES, but never myself.
Who would exspect a ‘truint’ to b in the city librays, STUDYING? “Anchent Ways”….Hypnoses…History of others on our countinit, Ect.?
When not in tese (Detroit has some GREAT Librarys), Id b at the MUSIUMS. Again, 1st hand SEEING.
Then, if not in any of thsese, Id b off behind the big auto plants, tracking the many ENORMIS deer / etc. in the strips of bush / trees n trash the city never took care of. Not a Park (as ud call a park) but a PARIDICE to wildlife…n thus, to ME!
The small mendering creeks n streems, filled with floating oil, trash, old tires, etc. TEAMING with fish. BIG ONES! Never DID see a Carp, or a Sucker….EVER. But saw RECORD BREAKING Bluegills and Trout! Never saw another human, ether….OR the Truint Officer. ( :
Id trap Phasents…Rats…Farrow Cats…Racoons (live traping)…and use a willow branch as a fishing pole. Made my own hooks…but store bought fishing line (untill I learned how to make my own from green long weed leafs). Everything found “on the spot”. This “usless and “STUPID” kid, dressed as a “hood”…had a BALL! Building hideing places as Id go. Little sleeping “huts” that fit into the area. Nights out in these. Tiny LOW fires in cleared brush to break up the smoke…hidden fires so as not to b detected. This “hood” was HAVEING a BALL!
Then, emerge to Taxis, City Busses, Noises (that had been dulled by the factorys masses) and hundreds of cars n predestriens…and FULL sunlight…SHOCKING to the sences! Then onto a bus, or hitch hikeing….back home again. A few days WHERE I “BELONGED” now behind me….the “normol” (WHITEMAN) world. ugh!
My mother had long ago stoped worrying about me. She had her own “life” and one less “kid” was alright with her. (She was a ‘party girl’).
Trying to ‘hide’ her Indianess…telling all she was “Egyption” (hi ck. bones / etc.)…she did all she could to fit into the “white” world. Ashamed of being NA. ! was ASHAMED of HER!
Anyway…did as I needed to do, schoolwise.
Always WANTING a COLLEGE Education….eventualy (after 3 attempts) I managed to “tough it out” n passeds my GED test….then to 2 colleges. Last just for Fun (likes the campis). Studying in these things I could choose. Things needed to help round off my ‘calling’.
Yup, this miss-spelling twit has a COLLEGE Degree! ( : (Only one yr. at #2 college…and, for fun…AND to futher my “Med.” training).
As u can c, my spelling is, well, sorta “off”. BUT U CAN READ IT! Thats all u need as far as Im concerned.
Its not “Whitman” rules “way”…but at least ur understanding anyway. (U outta c my COLLGE CLASES NOTES….my form of PETROGLIFS! That only I CAN read. Aho?)!
Eventualy I joined the Navy. ‘Survived’ THAT. Fun, but got out as fast as I could. The wouldnt give me what I had signed up for. Just wasnt worth it.
Then, to marryed life. At 26 (n officil batchler, as was my goal) I found “The Warden”. Been a prisoner every sence. Cant recall how many yrs, but over 40.
When I clled my mother to tell her I was geting marryed….her words went “Congradulations”….no, it was “is she INDIAN!” Like spit comeing out of her mouth. (She realy had a “problem”). ( :
When we adopted r daughter…a COLLVILL NA Child…..oh oh!
Yup, mom sure had a ‘problem’.
When my mother finily passed away….I felt no more oblagation to “honor” her “WE R WHITE” issue, and went from HER Nameing us…to my REAL name. Yes, I am legely Red Elk. Aho? No first name. No last name…just Red (ElkRedElk). Aho?
I am NOT related to ANY Red Elks in NA land. Mine given in a Sacred Cerimony.
Wasnt MY choice…was GIVEN it. Aho?
So, here I am, a Meti (“Half Breed”). “2 Shoes” sorta being. One Mocc., One Street shoe.
Ok, uve got a bit more “about” me….AND what WS has to put up with to make my spelling more platabel to u. Bless her Vollinteer Heart! re
(Yay, a break! 😀 😀 😀 – WS)