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“I didn’t know what was going on. I thought my home life was normal−that everyone went through that. No one believed me when I told them about what my mom and stepdad were doing to me. I didn’t feel like a priority at home, and I ran away a lot.
When I arrived, I remember Bernie being at the door. I very vividly remember we were sitting, me on the fireplace ledge and Bernie on the couch across from me. It was, or seemed to be, just the beginning of winter−the fireplace was on and Christmas was approaching.
What really astounded me was that I could just be myself. Bernie was the first person that told me I was okay. He made me feel like a person.”
This story is an excerpt from the book One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years: A history of Wood’s Homes as told by the people who lived and worked there.