Laurel & Tom

Being kicked out of a commune by the authorities (the local law in Sanoma County) is not pleasant. Being hassled by the law when you know in your heart that you are not a criminal is not the life I expected. The People at Tolstoy and Morningstar had given my life a new meaning. They had done everything that they were supposed to do, helping me to understand about life and love. Putting these words on paper may thank them a little. I do not have much money, but I do have words. If you helped someone in the sixties, good. You should become a little misty eyed. We know in our hearts, you did well. I never organized anything in my life. The one thing that I could do efficiently was work. You have to understand that I am now looking back at the things I was doing. Back then mentally I was grabbing at straws.
When did I decide to work?
It was somewhere between New York and Chicago. It may have been in Pennsylvania when the farmer asked me to be a bodyguard, all I had to do was clean up and stand around in front of someone. Or in Detroit when the three young black hoods/brothers picked me up and started flashing their knives and stuff, I said "Far out and Peace brother, we are family". They said, "Man you're O.K." and drove me back three miles to where they picked me up. They said  "Keep the Faith, keep up the good work". What they were up to I did not know? I saw them as human beings, that was how I treated everyone.
I caught another ride to Chicago. In downtown Chicago, I headed for the bus depot, bus depots have maps. And a map was what I needed. At the bus depot I found the map on the wall. I took out the letter from Kathy. In the corner of the letter was an address for Laurel. I read the map, found the street address and started walking. While walking I found a place where they print the Bibles that are in hotels everywhere. If you look you see. I found Laurel's address and rang the doorbell. I was buzzed up. I greeted everyone. It was the weekend, we had time to do fun things and feast, I learned that Laurel was a dancer. I learned that she had worked at CBS in New York. I learned that she was now working for a PR firm. I learned that Laurel was extremely intense and tense. I learned that she was the type of person that would not back away from a fight. She would fight man or women and kick their ass. We were completely opposite. I was laid back, a go with the flow type guy. Ambo and I saw that the city was going to kill her. The muscles in her shoulders were like steel, tense. She loved us because we were relaxed and pleasant. I never knew the relationship between Ambo and Laurel. I knew they were friends.

Here is a story about working on this planet.

 I was in my mind heading in the direction of going back to work. I knew that I could live in peace and still work. I knew that we were a civilization of men. I could live in peace and work. I did not have to work, I found it convenient to have some way to barter.  Everyone was surprised when I said I was going back to work. Mentally I was not going to take any more abuse from the law in California. I could do my thing on my own. After Kathy and Ambo left, Laurel said I could not find work dressed like that. She took charged, organize things is what Laurel does know what to do. She trashed everything that I had. I kept the belt from Sylvia, I laid a little oil on it. Laurel put a bowl over my head and did a little trimming. Monday morning I went out to find work. I soon learned that if you have not worked in over a year people are a little puzzled? They want questions answered. I gave them answers, they smiled and wished me luck. I soon found that if I went over to ManPower that they had jobs that no one wanted, with one exception, Tomas. Tomas wanted to work. Spiritually, working was where it was at. There is no explanation for this, it is just being with God or I am a being just with God. The jobs I did were not pleasant and they lasted only six or seven hours. These jobs were to help people get caught up. They were menial, hard and filthy. I finally landed a job that I got to keep. I did the job so well that my department manager brought people over to see how efficiently I was doing the job. I created quite a stir with my desire to do the job right at a minimum wage. They could not believe that I could make a shit job into a work of art. I was taking up space and time, I was being. My head was in it's proper place. I had been taught well at Tolstoy and Morningstar.

More on Work

Laurel had a beautiful stereo system, while I was in the service, I had built my own system. I knew nice stuff when I saw it. I found out that Laurel had a great love of music. This has become one of our greatest bonds.
Ambo, Kathy and I were riding with Laurel in her new blue 67 Mustang on the Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. We were singing along with the radio. That day I heard someone singing about loving the one your with. This is good, I thought to my self. I spend all my time searching, dreaming and pining for love. Love was here, there at my feet, no need to look for love elsewhere. Where Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young picked that up is beyond my knowledge. They conveyed a message in a beautiful song. Love the one your with. I lot of people think I was looking in a mirror when I heard them singing that song.
Laurel has a beautiful speaking voice. She has the voice that we all like to hear. "It was the Night before Christmas  ......" , "What's a Hobbit? Hobbits are little people that live in Middle Earth............"  Why is it that some people have beautiful speaking voices. I heard Art Bell speaking and he was charming the crickets and black stealth out of the night sky, what a pleasant voice.
I have tried to get Laurel to live on a commune, living closer to the earth. Laurel's problem is the way she was brought up. She was taught to wear make-up at an early age. Ambo, Kathy and I said the people at Morningstar don't care, they understand. Laurel knew it would be a problem for her. I compromised, bring Morningstar to Laurel, let her know that the world of Morningstar in within us all. Caring and loving the one your with is very good.
I moved to Kentucky second behind my sister. Laurel followed me down latter. Laurel and I lived above of my sisters home in Lexington, Ky. Every Sunday Laurel and I would travel away from Lexington. Early Sunday morning we would decide on a compass point, Laurel's Mustang had a compass on the dash. The city of Lexington is shaped like a wagon wheel and each spoke of the wheel are called Pikes. Since we lived close to downtown, it was easy to travel away from the city. The farms in Lexington are clean and neat. Green bluegrass's black or white washed fences. Mossy green rocks and ferns. Winding roads to disappear into. We would stop and visit the sides of roads, watching animals and people, thoroughly enjoying our days together. On one occasion we were traveling in our predestined direction. We were going slow, Sunday Driving. Laurel and I see a huge barn at the edge of the road. As we pulled up to the barn, we stopped and observed maybe twenty-five ewe's and maybe thirty or more young lambs. Each young lamb had a coat of young warm/rosy/blue wool. The color was really gray, but the sun and the new wool was clean and pure. The young lambs would bound into the air together as a group, all fours leaving the ground together. Laurel and I had emotional warm smiles and laughs, just looking at the young wild lambs.
We smoked and enjoyed a pleasant Sunday picnic with the young lamb's.
  We are traveling in different direction. Laurel has dropped out to Ky. That is really going backwards for a city girl. Tomas went up to Ky. Coming up from self imposed poverty. Adjusting seems to be the biggest problem we both had to adjust too. It was easy for me with my Christian background to live in Ky. I never thought ( Laurel seems to understand that very well) that Christianity would be a problem for me/us. Well it has been the biggest problem, Laurel tried to adjust. She cannot change the way she was brought up. It was easy for me to change, I have worn skins like a chameleon. Religion was a task that I went after early in my teens. I learned about Christianity, I learned about Gandhi (even though I never knew what he was thinking). I learned about Buddha. I learned about Jesus, I learned about Confucianism. I read about St. Augustine. I learned about Martian Luther. I read about the great painters. I read about Michelangelo Buonarroti. I learned about Leo Tolstoy. All these people were in pain, the kind of pain that searches for the truth. That is where my head was at when I left Morningstar. ( I now know that politics will wash their hands of people like Jesus, they will turn their backs and say whatever politician say, they'll come back to town after the death............with sweet logic and political skill). Laurel was trying to understand me. I knew that I had to learn about what she thought. I had to conform and give my being to her. We studied the bible together. What we learned was that the people around us were worshiping good books and idols. We stopped studying, too many conflicts. I realized that we had to understand life together.  I knew that I could not bring children into this world. Little did I know the powers of a women's will. What I did learn was that history taught man to live. Passing down wisdom in all forms of thought/writings.
Since moving to Marion people have been trying to save us. It is true that we dressed different at that time. Vanity was not to much in demand in our household. Laurel had changed quite a lot from Chicago. She wore granny dresses here in Marion, she breast fed our children ( Heaven forbid!! ). She roamed around town without a bra. Her skirts were to short. She was (or not) living at Morningstar. We turned are garden by hand. She learned to cook again. Time has tempered us, the car is easier. Someone felt sorry for us and donated a TV to us. I am sure that the prayers of one hundred women saved us all from damnation.
Laurel came down from the dry cleaners in Chicago to the Matag ringer/washer and thirty dirty diapers. I decided that I did not need to mow the lawn in Ky. I was going to grow me a national park in our yard, to hell with a damn mower. After two weeks in spring the yard began to grow. Things grow big in Ky. In two weeks the mosquitoes were refueling on our bodies. We promptly headed to sears and bought a lawn mower. Lesson learned about mosquitoes in Ky.
August, 2003
An old friend Nancy came by to visit us here in Marion this week. She had come home for a high school reunion. She told us that Laurel and I at the time that we met back in 1968-69, “ That we were an Oasis in the Middle of the Desert,” We had never thought of us that way at that time. I was running off to work in my boondocks and my overalls and Laurel was home alone and pregnant. With no heat but a fire place, (we burned chunks of coal from a coal bin out in the back of the old house) no phone, no TV, no washing machine, no car and a old home full of termites. Laurel would walk to town to the library in her mini skirt and blouse that was liberated from any constraints and Nancy followed Laurel home, that’s how they/we met.
Nancy works the VA but for a long time she ran a shelter for veterans of the Vietnam war in Lexington, KY.

Nonentity, nonentities
Laurel and I are nonentities, it seems strange that I would say such a thing about us, but I am always driving a point home. Driving a point home to people that walk by nonentities.
We both have been ignored for different reasons, Laurel for her appearance and demanding nature, and then when people finally adjust to her domineering attitude and appearance she tells them she's Jewish. That just drives them away politely. In most arguments Laurel is usually right. So she is needed because of all of her organizing, vocal and writing skills, but they would rather not deal with her. She has lived this way for her entire life.
I am brain dead as far as emotions go, my mixed up thoughts are morally not normal. I demand perfection and live like a slouch. I do not think of myself as good looking, aware that people see me as someone to laugh at, this emotion has been with me my entire life.  Living my younger life with a missing tooth and a silver tooth, not to mention other lost emotions about my parents.
People still tell us subtlety to go away, very politely. I realize that this is excise baggage that we carry around, it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
 Shimmering, Clear and Not Seen

Sometimes words hurt, intentionally and sometimes not intentionally.
I decided in the sixties not to have children. I felt that there was no need to populate the earth with more children. No, I would not help bring up children that would have to live under the umbrella of nuclear death? What did I know about the power of the body to reproduce? Not much, I was not too successful in this effort. Man has no clue what he is up against with women. The world’s woman with all her charms and beauty, man is no match. So I must say that I do love the children that have come forward into this life, no matter what I thought. What I thought has no meaning after the birth of a child.
This brings us to observations that I see today with young women and young men. I see young women seeing another women as an object of love, companion and friend. I do understand the logic, no union with man, no child. This is simple and clear in my mind. This is what I see with no bias; there are no conclusions, no puzzling logic, only love without bringing children into this world. People that adopt children are applying this same logic also.

Some people are sadden at my aggressive behavior, but that is the evolution that happens with  sharing compromise. Laurel is not quite so intense, she will live long and prosper. We have taught each other.
We have evolved back, we have compromised.
All the guys have long hair now. We have protected our family.
I worked ten years on a maneuver boat like this. It is steam powered. These men are putting the dam down. You see one wicket falling to the bottom. These wickets are hinged to the bottom of the river. When they are down they will lay flat on the river bottom. You can see the water current sweeping around the edge of the boat. There is a long steel cable attached to the far bank and a steel drum on the back of the boat.

Walking on the water, little footprints like puffs of smoke trailing behind. Up to speed and into the air.  The little black feathers beat first at the water and then into the air. I watched as others glide down and around the boat unaware of any danger, the ride on the water is their pleasure. They dive down into the boils and pop up somewhere down stream. When their ride is done, they run on the water and fly upstream to repeat their joyous ride. We stop and watch amazed, knowing the dangers of so swift a current. We marvel at the little black ducks as they perform their dives, glides and flights.
In one moment, I walk out the door and look up at the dark sky.  I see the northwestern sky light up. Thunder, lightning is off in the distance, no sound is heard. I look at the same skyline and see a planet or star now in the darkness. I look down and see the river still and dark. I hear a flop and turn around and see a large splash of water. Some great creature from below the water has surfaced. As I walk away rings, ripple the water in the still of the morning night. This was only a moment in this life, not more than ten-seconds in time.
This river is rich in organic matter, in late summer it turns green. The water has a smell to it, a green smell, a mossy woods smell, a turned compost smell.
Flooding on the Ohio River
The river is moving south, great trees are carried swiftly around the concrete walkway  of
dam. The speed of the chocolate current is mesmerizing and menacing. I avoid looking in
that direction until I am safely above it on the towering portion of the dam, where I can
safely look at it in leisure. I keep my eyes focused on the concrete path, the current is swift
by my side. Sometimes the power of the water is overwhelming.
January 2, 2001, 3:00 – 11:30 P.M. Dam # 78:
Last night when I crossed the bridge into Illinois from Paducah I could see ice floating in the river below the bridge. It was winding down the Illinois shore like a white snake. When I got to work I saw the river above the lock covered with ice as far as I could see. Apparently the Wabash River overflowed and sent its ice into the Ohio River. The ice looked old and worn, muddy and broken. It slowed down the locking of towboats and barges, as we had to clear the ice with air before we could swing the gates open. If ice is allowed to be pressed to the lock walls or gates it hardens and becomes impossible to move the gates back flush against the recessed walls out of the way. We also have to make ice lockings. We ask a towboat with barges to shove into the chamber as far as he can go without smashing the ice into the lower gates. As he moves into the lock chamber the ice compacts in front of his barges. Then we ask him to back up above the lock chamber and tie up. We close the gates and lock the ice that has been pushed to the far end of the lock. Last night we lock about five hundreds feet of compacted ice before we could come back and lock the towboat on the upper wall.
Winter 1977-1978, Dam # 50:
My struggle is no different than any other man. Man has labored from dusk to dawn to survive.
Some have struggled as slaves and some as wage laborers. They have all toiled in salt stinging sweat and some have toiled in cold shivering icy weather.
I have come to work and walked from one end of these lock walls to the other ends of these walls for eight hours. I have walked up a cold icy wall to relieve another lockman, turned and faced and icy blizzard while holding a lock line for a towboat. The deckhand will stand on ice that has splashed over the front of the barges the towboat is pushing. The ice looks like chocolate milk that has dropped from a baby's high chair and flown back up and froze in place. The deckhand works the heavy line while standing on the cold steel deck of the coal barge. It is slow moving and cold, I walk and place a line on a mooring pin on the lock wall, and I walk swiftly away as the line tightens, narrows and sings. Then the line slacks and I move forward and retrieve the line and walk another fifty feet and repeat the process. The line tightens, narrows and sings again, I have moved away swiftly knowing that the line will kill if it breaks and flies threw the air like a rubber band. The icy blowing snow and air still stings my face and numbs my feet. The line is taught the cumbersome mass of cold steel and coal slowly, slowly, very slowly moves closer to the wall. I stomp my feet and the cold pain move slowly up my legs. We all wait, we are cold but we all wait for the mass to be aliened with the wall. The water current tugs toward the middle of the river pulling the heavy weight away from the wall. There is a constant battle between the line and the water current. The coal-sooted line is so hot that it smokes with friction as it moves around the timberheads. We are moving closer to the lock. Fifty feet at a time we move the line and repeat the process. We are numb, we are paid to be numb and cold and to catch and walk the lines. The lock is getting closer and as soon as the front of the barge is inside the protective walls our numbing chore ends. Once he is inside I can walk to the center of the lock and log what time he entered the lock. My hands shake as I remove my gloves and grab a pencil. The log is supposed to be neat but shaking hands and drops of melting snow make it impossible. The small guard type shack is small; the floor is covered with wet melting snow, it is a painted gray wood. The paint is worn white by the constant movement of heavy boots. I shake my hands and try to warm them in this confined area. My nose and cheeks are red and wet. In a minute or two I'll continue on to the other end of the lock and help the deckhand secure the barges.
Sometimes the weather is balmy and nice, at other times the temperature is ninety degrees and the humidity is eighty, water and sweat run until your clothes are wet, sopping wet. The steel barges retain the heat and cook the bottom of your soles. The salt cakes around your eyes and burns you.


Amish Folk
  Back in the late seventies people in Crittenden County were talking that some Amish Folk were buying land up on Cotton Patch. Cotton Patch was above the lock, high up on a bluff overlooking the Ohio river. My first sighting of these pleasant folk was at the lock and dam where I worked. They had come down in their black buggies to visit the lock and dam, they being new to the area. They, as tourists, marveled at the big Ohio river and the lock and dam where I worked. Our Lockmaster at the time decided to build them a hitching post so they could tie their horses in the shade of some oak and maple trees.
So year after year we would see Amish Folk come down to the dam to visit. On one occasion I heard a pickup pull up in front of our two story red castle. I looked out the window in the evening, with the sun setting across the river, to see three Amish teens come out of the old red pickup and head up the gentle slope to our phone booth. I saw one boy putting coins in the phone booth as the other two stood around and giggled. I was a little confused. Amish boys and pickups? Amish boys and telephones? Amish boys as teens giggling over a phone conversation? I soon made up my mind that they had stolen away in the evening, borrowed a farmers truck, and come down to the lock to use the phone to talk to his girl friend, who could only be in Pennsylvania.
I think that a couple of years later this same young man came down in a covered black buggy. Black covered buggies are for married couples only. Anyway it was about two pm in the afternoon. The working crew and I were sitting in the basement of the above said building. We were drinking coffee and telling lies and wild stories. As we looked out of windows we saw the buggy drive by and head for the hitching post. We made no big deal of this, as this was a common sight for us. So we kept on talking and carrying on with our stories. Our coffee break was about over so we all headed for the sink to wash out our cups. As we headed out of the building steps going up to the street, we noticed that the buggy was moving and shaking, swinging and bouncing. The horse was still tied to the rail. A smile broke out on our faces realizing that young folk are young folk no matter where they are or whoever they are.
One of the nicest thing that I have seen in my life. It was the spark and twinkle in the eyes of this old Amish couple that Laurel and I saw one Sunday afternoon. Their buggy was tied to a light pole. She was heavy with weight, her cheeks blushed with age in her black bonnet and Sunday best, he with his gray beard and wiry frame, flat top hat and his black Sunday best. They were sitting across from Laurel and I . Sunday evening at the Dairy Queen enjoying one of lives simple pleasures. A dip of ice cream in a sugar cone.
Scattered throughout this community there are men with straw hats, blue shirts, black pants and boots. They work for hire repairing, removing and building objects of wood, straw and bricks. This afternoon I saw a young man of twenty or so riding a bike in a nearby community. I was surprised, yet I felt that he was doing his part, moving to a job with the only the help of a bicycle. Our world moves forward, evolving, staying behind and moving forward at the same time. He was not riding across the U.S. on an adventure with a pack on his back. He was riding to work with a straw hat, blue shirt and black shoes and pants.
Toy Planes and Sami Snake

The Green Mower

Polovtsian Dances.
This morning as I listened to a tape I made of music that I love. I heard a familiar sound, the oboe as it danced through my thoughts. I thought of Allison and her oboe. The black oboe with the silver keys. The long hours of practice. The lessons with Mr. Woodall. As the day approached for Mr. Woodall to let Allison go to College and a new teacher. He taught her how to play Polovtsian Dances. Mr. Woodall also taught Allison the fine art/craft of oboe reed making. The Polovtsion Dances were to introduce Allison to the music teachers of MSU in Murray Ky. As Allison practiced, our home was filled with a beautiful melody. Music that carried love and dance. Day after day the beautiful melodies were played in our home. I wonder if Jason Purcell has ever heard the Polovtsian Dances.
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Letter to Jason


Laurel and I really enjoyed your letter today, along with the pictures.
This Laurel in Kentucky, was  not at Morningstar.  My apologies for not
knowing your full name at Morningstar.  It is strange how time distorts
memories.  I remembered you, but somehow as someone else.  We indeed did
have lunch in the orchard with my friend whom I cannot now remember.
She was not the same Laurel.  She was a student from Berkeley.  Robbie
and I had gone to Berkeley and visited a friend of his who was going to
school there.  As soon as we entered his friend's apartment, we dropped
our clothes, turned on their stereo, and had a smoke.  This student
walked in while we were sitting on the floor naked and stoned.  She was
the girl who was at the orchard with us. She was so interested in
Morningstar that she just came back with us. We dined and smoked in the
cabin with you and your friend. This is the same orchard where Robbie
and I picked our four cups of morning glories.  The barn was where
someone found some hash that was as hard and as big as a cue ball. This
hash was left over from the Chinese laborers that had pick apples there
in the past.

You are remembering saying goodbye to Kathy, Ambo, and I when we left
for New York.  Ambo had asked Kathy, or Kathy had asked Ambo, to go to
New York.  I, at the last minute, asked if I could come along.  This
young girl was probably there and her name may have been Laurel. Maybe
you thought that Laurel (Who is here in Kentucky.) was the girl you said
good-bye to, but she wasn't (explanation follows).

I am trying to get Laurel to write about her life.  At the moment she
has put up a brick wall. I loved your writings, so keep writing.  It is
a pleasure to hear stories from all the Morningstar folks. The brick
wall is the thing people erect and say "my life is not important enough
to write about." Well, Laurel left Hammond, Indiana, after graduating
from Hammond High School in 1960.  She moved to Miami Beach and lived
with her aunt for a while, then her grandparents.  While living in Miami
Beach, she met Bob.  Bob was into Cuban music and ballroom dancing.  He
loved to dance and recorded the Cuban music of the day. Laurel loved to
dance, so she would dance the night away with her new friend Bob.  After
they met, Bob turned Laurel on to Cuban music and smoke.  This happened
during the early 1960s.  Bob and Laurel married and moved to New York.
They lived first in Hell's Kitchen, then in the Village.  They finally
moved to a Midtown building with a doorman. They still danced and
recorded the Cuban music of the day.

These were the days just after the Cuban revolution.  By 1965, Laurel
had left Bob and moved back to Chicago, first living with her cousin,
then by herself.  Things were changing there also.  This was 1966-1968.
Chicago at that time saw hippies emerging, the first Be-in Lincoln Park
in 1967 (the Summer of Love Chicago-style), the assassination of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the Chicago riots during the
Democratic National Convention.  While she was living with her cousin,
their apartment became a crashpad for all types of hippies with sleeping
bodies everywhere.  At that time, Laurel was a 9 to 5 working girl,
usually working in public relations.  Laurel, however, would party at
night and work during the day.  This was about the time that Ambo met

For a while in 1967, Laurel also worked at night at a store in the Old
Town section of Chicago. At that time, this was known as the Greenwich
Village of Chicago.  When Ambo got the itch to move West, he asked
Laurel to go with him, but Laurel decided to stay in Chicago.  So, Ambo
left and ended up in California and eventually Morningstar.  He
continued to write to Laurel and asked her to come out.  She still would
not leave Chicago.  ( Laurel still has the telephone number of the pay
phone at Morningstar.) Finally, in 1968, Ambo, Kathy Sweeney, and I left
Morningstar when things got bad with the cops and traveled to New York.
Kathy and I visited with her mother while Ambo went to New Jersey to
visit his parents.  To make a long story short, Ambo and Kathy
eventually arrived at Laurel's Chicago apartment while I made a detour
and unplanned visit to Pennsylvania.  When I finally got to Chicago, I
found that Laurel had at first decided to go to Morningstar with Ambo,
but finally declined.  So, Kathy and Ambo took off for parts out West,
and I stayed in Chicago with Laurel.  We eventually moved to Kentucky in
the fall of that year, and we have remained in Kentucky all this time.
We have been married for almost 31 years, and have two grown children --
Eli, aged 29, and Allison, aged 28.  Eli is in the Navy stationed in San
Diego and Allison has been married for over three years and lives in
western Kentucky with her husband Jason (nice name).  Eli just remarried
his wife on July 9.  No grandkids yet, however.

Even though we have all gotten older, we are still the same.  We both
work, have a house, garden,  lots of cats, and enjoy the beautiful
scenery and water of Kentucky.  Our town has about 3,500 people, two
stoplights, a lot of Amish, a lot of churches, and no other hippies.
We are both into music -- neither dances though.  The old knees just
won't cooperate.  We also spend a lot of time messin' with the old
computer.  It's great to have connected with all the old friends at
Morningstar and it has closed the circle of our lives.

So, that's our story.  Nothing spectacular -- just normal like all the
other Morningstar grads.

We hope you will continue to write and share your life with ours in some

Love to you and yours, Tomas and Laurel

P.S.  I started this "piece" and Laurel ended up doing her usual thing
-- editing, rewriting, filling in the gaps so it is readable.
As in all gardens the vines of Morningstar have spread out over the earth. The simple beautiful lair of thirty years ago has spread. These new vines are fresh in light green growth of young adults. The young minds understand the essence of the being.
The black oily tentacle snaked and whipped out of his warm mothers home. Stinging and biting all that came near in the red sooted sky. His mother loved him as he bit his mothers warm loving touch. She held him to her heart, as his red and black paranoia quivered and pinched at the night sky.
Understanding the need to let your child wonder and find their place in this world. When this happens parents become alarmed. If you have cared for your child, the young adult will be fine. He or she will turn against everything that you have taught them, until they understand their position in this world. Comfort and care are wonderful things to lean on.
Laurel & Tom II