My father is always there, encouraging me, motivating me, showing me what it means to be a good parent.
My mom’s fiancé falls to his knees, slowly picks me up and places me back onto my bed. My knee shakes uncontrollably.
From birth to now, family life can be rough waters to sail.
Maybe one day she will understand why her dad is an alcoholic.
“You want to work day and night? It’s not easy. Take this chance that you have. Don’t be dumb.”
This story evolved out of a real text conversation between Venice High POPS the Club graduate Anthony Cortez and Tyanni Gomez, Venice High senior and POPS the Club President.