A long time ago sometime in the late 70s. I picked up a newspaper and I read an article that bought me to tears. I was only 11 or 12 at the time. It was about a 6 year old boy who had died in the hands of his own parents. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of child abuse until I read the paper that day. I cried so much. And I was just a little girl myself at that time. The article had a picture of him. I still remember a little bit of what he looked like. I remember I saved the article with his picture. Until I mistakenly lent it to my great grandmother and my older cousin. They wanted to read it. But they never gave it back to me. I believe they lost it or accidentally threw it away cuz whenever I’d ask for it back they gave me all sorts of excuses. I can’t remember who wrote the article but for years after that I tried looking for the article. Even when I first got my internet service with Aol. I couldn’t find this sweet little boy. It’s like he had vanished into thin air. I’d ask other people about it but no one remembered anything about the case. For awhile I was starting to believe I imagined the whole thing. That poor little boy didn’t deserve that. No child, boy or girl deserves that kind of cruelty. Especially by their own parents. Today as a grown woman when I look at the news or when I open my FB and I read about other children in that similar situation I always thought about that little boy who died all those years ago. And was forgotten or at least I thought he was. Back in the early 80s when I was a teen. I bought a readers digest book with an article about child abuse. Little did I know that it was about him. It was written as a short story by Mary Jane Chambers. I read the story and realized it was based on that sweet child who died a long time ago in the late 70s. I was sad and happy that I’d found him again. And that I wasn’t the only one who never forgot him. Someone had remembered him and wrote about him. After all he needed to be remembered so others can be well informed and educated on cases like this. If you see a child you think is being abused or if you know someone who’s being abused, please don’t hesitate to call for help. You could be saving a life. Especially a child. To me, he was just a baby when he died. After that more years passed by and I tried looking him up on the Aol Internet I had. I found nothing on him. Again it felt like he disappeared. I searched hi and low and came across nothing about him. I felt frustrated and sad. My husband would ask me what was wrong and why I was crying. I told him about the little boy. My husband felt bad and even he couldn’t remember about the little boy. But my husband knew now I thought. Then I just gave up but I never forgot about him. I kept the story I tore out of my Readers Digest but as the years went by and you do some cleaning and move to places things somehow get lost and that is what happened to the short story. It got lost. Sometime a few days ago I happened to be googling on my iPhone and I typed his name. And surprisingly his name came up. I was so happy and glad that I’d finally found him again. And I downloaded the information just incase he disappeared again. I was also happy to know that I wasn’t the only one who remembered him. And was looking for him. I remember after reading the newspaper article that if I ever had a baby I would want to name my child after him. But unfortunately I never had children. But I’ve written stories myself and my favorite character I named after him. If he hadn’t died I often wondered what he would be like. If he would have had a family of his own. I’m not really sure it’s just so sad to even think about. Please as I’ve stated before if you know of any child abuse! Please, please report it!!!! I will download the short story of the lost little boy. His name was Robbie Wayne!!!!
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