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Felix Is No One's Businness

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Robert E. Jordan
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Felix shows up
in the shower
after ninth grade
gym class.  

The gym teacher notices
that his back is covered
with nasty looking welts
and bruises.  

The gym teacher
says to him-self—

“That’s too bad,
I’m sorry to see that.  

It’s none of my business.”

Bobby
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1 posted 02-15-2008 10:29 PM       View Profile for TomMark   Email TomMark   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for TomMark

brought out tears of me. We can not ask anyone to take one extra step. But I always admire who did.  What a childhood Felix had. Sigh!!!
Robert E. Jordan
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Thanks Tom,

Looking back 55 years or so ago, I think some gym teachers would have done something, and some would not.  Of course it's really hard to judge people's character, and I'd never attempt it.

Bobby
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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oh!   poor Felix... please can you write of some of Felix's fun times Bobby?  I like to see Felix and his gang smiling ... love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

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Maybe he once was nobody's business
but I think many of us have truly come to care for Felix.

We'd make him our business.

A
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Nice writing...I know that they're more serious about issues like child abuse and drunk driving now...James
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Oh, Bobby, this hurts again so much. There were times when beating children was deemed necessary in the educational scheme ... not that we have really evolved so much! Such things still happen, though there are many different ways of abuse now.
Human rights are officially enumerated, but not observed sadly.

love
Margherita

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Dear RDB,

More tales of Felix smiling are coming up.  Thanks for caring about Felix, and wanting to see him smile.

Bobby
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Alison,

Thanks for that.  Felix says thanks too.

Bobby
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James,

Things are getting better for kids all the time.  It's a good thing.

Bobby
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Margherita,

This abuse of Felix occurred in his foster home, not at school.

Child abuse still happens in many homes.

As the great African American author Willard Motly titled his classic book.

"Knock On Any Door"

Bobby
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Bob

This is really sad & unfortunately (still) happening all to often in todays society.

When these morons are taken to task and I can only speak for the UK, they get little more than a slap on the wrist. Personally I vote for them getting multiple slaps across the back of the head with a 4 x 2.

If any one did any harm to my daughter, I would end up behind bars for what I would do to them. The real kicker here is that I would probably do more time than the child abuser.... Give Felix my best


John
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John,

Thanks for this.

Felix and I would gladly bail you out of the slammer.

Felix send his best to you.

Bobby
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In that case, you better let me have a cell phone number for Felix, I get to make 1 phone call I believe... Hope he isn't at the blue hole when I need him !

Thanks

Bobby
Robert E. Jordan
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John,

I'll E-mail you Felix's and my phone number.

Needless to say, he lives here with me.

Bobby
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Trust me, I would have made it MY business!

I doubt if there are enough hugs in this world to eradicate the pains that Felix has had to endure in this lifetime! ~ But I'm sending a bunch of them hoping that they can help even a little bit!

((( ))) ((( ))) ((( )))  (( ))) ((( )))

Linda
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Earth Angel,

Felix says "Thanks for all the hugs Hon".  They help more than you can imagine.

Bobby
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another all-too-common 'hard reality'
re-illuminated in this effective expose!

applause!!
Robert E. Jordan
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Many thanks Secondhanddreampoet,

Yes it is.  As Willard Motley said:

"Knock on Any Door"

Bobby
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But the gym teacher is wrong to think that it is none of his business.  When a child is abused it is everyone`s business.
 
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