The surrounding countryside’s picturesque serenity warred with the turbulent thoughts churning in Neale’s mind. That morning, the 8-year-old had missed his bus to school, unable to afford the ticket. While it may seem a trivial matter, that bus was the only way Neale could make it to school on time, and he wanted nothing more than to go to school; in fact, he needed to go to school.
Watching His Future Slip Away
Neale lived with his parents, Paton and Kadena, in a rural village nestled among a mountain range. The idyllic and temperate landscape was perfect for growing tea. Like much of the local populace, Kadena and Paton worked in the tea fields. Thanks to the estate authorities, their home was provided for. With both parents working, one would expect their earnings to, at the least, provide for the family’s basic needs—but that was not the case.
On many occasions Neale watched his father stumble home, his breath reeking of alcohol. Almost every day after work, Paton wasted his small daily earnings on drink, leaving Kadena to pick up the slack in the fields.
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