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would give anything to exchange his family for a place in a family where
two parents wanted and expected the older child to go to school every day,
get good grades, and continue his education beyond high school. Many
kids would give anything to have a mom who would falsify the child’s birth
certificate in order to enable the child to get a hardship driver’s license.
Kenny was not one of those kids. Of course his mom changed fourteen-year-old
Kenny’s birth certificate to indicate he way fifteen simply so Kenny could
drive his father to AA meetings. These acts by Kenny’s mother were
simply part of her ongoing program to transform Roy Don Willson from ex-con
to the ‘best dang country and western singer that ever lived.’
Kenny was a student who enjoyed
school, however his mother expected Kenny to work at the family owned all-night
diner and drop out of school as soon as he was sixteen. His mother made
him give up both band and football in order to transport his father.
Additionally, Kenny had to work in his mother’s failing roadside café.
Kenny was eligible to participate in the University Interscholastic League
due to his love of poetry and his skill in writing it. Kenny’s
mother was not in favor of having Kenny participate in any weekend school
activity that took him away from working at the diner, and driving his
father to required AA meetings. Kenny thwarts his family to pursue
his dream of winning a college scholarship via the UIL. ( Linda Bryant,
South Carolina Book Awards,
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Poetry -- Fiction.
Alcoholism -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Texas -- Fiction.
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