There is more to my life than what people see, have seen, believe they see, or think they see. Before I arrived at where I am today, there is knowledge to be gained of what I experienced, where these experiences occurred, who may have involved themselves with me in these experiences, how my experiences molded me as the person I am today, and when did the stages of my experiences occur? Why does one need the what, where, who, how and when about my life? Well, the reason is that my life story demonstrates and pleads for help in cornering a beast that is unleashed in our society. Any individual can aide my call because I supply the tools to be successful in helping to corner it. I am a guidance counselor and the beast is abuse.
When I gave my all and that was not enough, I could have easily given up or continued to fight, hoping and wishing that I could find just a little more to give. I, as the heroine of Look Beyond the Smile did the latter. I continued to give more and more in hopes of winning over my mother’s love. From the age of 0-6, I lived a happy, well-adjusted and well-protected childhood in Bennettsville, South Carolina with my maternal grandmother. Between the age of six and seven, I moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to stay with my biological mother, two half siblings and a stepfather. Shortly after moving, I was thrust into violence when my mother started to abuse me physically, emotionally and neglected me medically, educationally and physically.
The abuse was like a vile dose of venom that was squirted around at my house.
Walk with me through my trials, tribulations, jubilations, disappointments and determinations from about the age of three to seventeen as you Look Beyond the Smile. The experience will truly be eye opening, educational and worth your time.