The Risk and Reward

I am up late on Sunday evening not at all happy to have only two days off to write, create, knit, do laundry, grocery shopping, etc. ¬†I can’t sleep, basically and when I cannot sleep I think of odd things. ¬†In this case, I remembered an article I wrote years ago about a girl I used to know. ¬†The title of the article, “The Risk and Reward of Reaching Out” was published in the San Francisco Chronicle paper.

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It is not very hard for me to believe that I made my way through middle and high school without getting caught up in the drug culture of San Francisco during the 1970s and 1980s. ¬†Everyone I knew did them, but ¬†I simply was not interested. ¬†And I was not into “cliques” in school. ¬†Just because my friends did drugs did not mean I wanted to. ¬†I believed not doing drugs had to do with my mom, she¬†never imbibed, nor did she drink while raising us. ¬†¬†Unfortunately for many people including my old babysitters when I was a child and friends I grew up with, there was no escaping the drug fate.

In 2006 when I worked for the City and County of SF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services as a clerk and I volunteered with homeless organizations, I was invited to write an article about the impact drugs had on me. ¬†The only thing I could think of was a cute little girl whom I grew up with in grade school, I called her “Cori” in the article. ¬†“Cori” was a cute caramel-complexioned chubby little girl, I was skinny as a rail. ¬†Seriously, my legs in knee high boots looked like pencils in cups, that’s how skinny I was. ¬†Kids teased us and called us “Cori and Lorrie, fat and skinny!” which we hated.

When I wrote the article I could not help but feel bad not just for “Cori”, but for the fact that I wrote about how tragic she turned out. ¬†I did not mean any malice, but it bothered me that she fell so hard. ¬†Of course, I later realized not everyone walks the same path, although the end result is and will always be the same. ¬†I am fine with what I wrote about “Cori.” And, although I no longer see her around anywhere I will always hope she left San Francisco for a better life somewhere. ¬†Hopefully that sentiment is true. ¬†If so, good luck to “Cori.”

¬†“The Risk and Reward of Reaching Out” – by L.D. Sargent. ¬† Click HERE¬†for article.