Michael - One of the Forgotten Children
My wife and I worked with underprivileged children for many years in the 90's and 2000's.
Each kid is special in some way and sometimes in a bad way but none the less special.
One young man, Micheal, 12 years old, was special because he was a good kid and wanted someone to give him a little attention. Micheal rarely asked for anything but always was willing to help in any way. Again, he is a special guy.
One night as we were boarding the van to go home from church, Micheal asked if he could have the front seat. The front seat was a place of privilege and I would normally select a different kid each night. I agreed, it was Micheal's for the return trip home. When he was seated and we were under way, he put his hands behind his head and relaxed.
Micheal said "I want to be just like you when I grow up". Of course he had my attention and I asked how?
He wanted to go to college, get married, have kids and drive the church van. My ego was soaring and the big head was setting in. I told him that was nice and he could do all the things.
Micheal then said "Oh yeah, one more thing .... I want to cut a bald spot in my head" he laughed like crazy!
The whole thing was a setup. He had got me, with a deflated ego I told him he could walk home from here. Of course he didn't walk home and he laughed for the rest of the night.
Micheal is not a forgotten kid, he's a special guy!