I’D NEVER DONE ANYTHING ABOUT
Jim was the eldest of eight. He was brought up in a close family
but there were rows too. One day he left home and went to another
city to join a pop group. He also became part of the drug scene.
One day his father turned up where he lived unexpectedly. He had
come to say that he was sorry if his stubborn attitudes had driven
Jim away from home because he did love him. Jim was amazed and wanted
to know more. They talked and talked.
After his father had left, Jim wrote to his parents and this is
part of the letter:
I only discovered today what the true meaning of life is. Sure,
in the past I knew that absolute truth and honesty was the true
meaning of living, but I'd never done anything about it - never
done anything about all the untruths and greed I'd collected inside
That's why I couldn't understand your wanting to apologise to me
for past injustices - no one can understand until they are free
themselves. And today I was freed - I prayed and suddenly I knew
what had to be done. I'd known it all along, but I couldn't accept
I find myself wanting to tell you all how badly I've treated you
- how I stole money from Dad when you were a newsagent and later
when I worked with you in the business - I'm truly sorry. And Mum,
how I stole money from your purse, even in the bad times when there
were only a few coins in it. Again I am truly sorry....
I know now that the only way to repay all these things is to admit
them and then to do everything in my power to lead an honest and
I will be home soon on your birthday, Mum, so see you then.
(From Listen to the Children
by Annejet Campbell)