Last night I was watching 60 minutes. There was a segment about a show called Alive, 55+ and Kicking. It's for those seniors to have a second change to sing. The founder Vy Higgensen's mission was to preserve African music, She wanted to create a story with the individual singing.
Members started sharing their stories. An ex-convict who served 40 years in prison. A mother losing a son. An alcoholic.
A man named Matthew Burke made my heart stop. It wasn't that he spent time in jail for selling drugs. 'It wasn't that he committed a violent burglary.
It was that he never experienced unconditional love. He never felt loved.
How can that be? It is incomprehensible to me. It made me sad. It broke my heart.
He found a case file showing that he was abandoned in a hall at age 2-1/2 weeks old. A Priest named him in the first foster home he was placed.
Imagine having a life where you were only a number. An abandoned number then a prisoner number. Imagine living life thinking NO ONE loves you.
He doesn't know who his father or mother is. So he sang the song "Georgia" giving his mom a name.
How sad is this?