GIVE ME A CHILD AT SEVEN

It could be true for most people that later life is grounded on childhood experience. At seven, George enjoyed the country lanes of sometimes sunny Cornwall, ambling back and forth each day, between high hedgerows, to a tiny village school about a mile from home. He was excited by the world around him, and it seems likely that those early encounters influenced and characterized his life from then on; they formed the makings of the person he would become.

DARKER DAYS AND DRUNKEN NIGHTS

His early years were in many ways idyllic, but like those daily journeys on Cornish roads, there were onrushing and more challenging affairs just around the corner. Until his teenage days George had been doted on by elders and shielded from family reality of massive debts and living beyond their means. This fabricated sense of serenity began to develop new cracks which couldn’t be plastered over after his granddad found a fresh spouse and George a new school. Then, darker times began to come to light.
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