Dear David Pelzer,
Why? I kept asking myself this question while I read "A Child Called It". What made her beat you the way she did? Not saying that it should have been one of your brothers. Just why did she pin point? I have always heard about child abuse, but never have I ever read of such sick, sadistic things your mother was doing. No one should have to endure such pain and suffering, and saying that is an understatement.
I couldn't begin to tell you the thoughts and feeling that ran through me as I read your book. Though I do not come from an abusive home, I still feel like I connected with you. I put myself in your shoes, so to speak. I cried when you cried, I had that feeling longingness whenever you longed for your well needed freedom. I found myself teary eyed and smiling at your triumphs. I can't shake the feeling that there had to be some reasoning behind it all. Even if she did give a reason that doesn't make up for what she did.
There were times while I was reading this book, that I felt sorry for your mother. Her alcoholism, her depression must have driven her crazy to point were she had to hurt someone, but what she did was so horribly wrong I soon felt no pity for her just malevolence. One person who o really didn't understand was your father. I just couldn't understand why her let it happen. He just drank away his sorrows while you were being beaten savagely. But I guess he lives to the "See No Evil, Hear No evil, Speak No Evil" policy.
It just saddens me to know that this actually happened, and the fact that many children are going through the same situation. It makes me want to go and help all those in need of it. Knowing that there are kids just as scared as you were out there needing someone's help. I wish things like child abuse was never around. Why would anyone want to harm an innocent child?