The following is from my ex girlfriend Angie Estrada who I met when I lived at the Mary Graham Hall Children's Shelter by in the 1970's. Angie was a few years older than me. She left the shelter before I did. This is another letter I dug out of my collection of letters when I was growing up as a troubled teen. I have quite a collection of old letters from the past that either I saved or my dear great grandmother who could never seem to throw anything of mine away because she counted it precious and dear to her heart. I'm glad for these little pieces of history and can thank the Lord for His providential care of me even before I knew Him.
The date on thee envelope of this letter is dated Nov 24, 1971
and was from address 4086 Tulare Court, Concord, Calif. 94521
to Carl Pruitt c/o Mr. J. Francois (my social worker) Drawer F. Stockton, Calif 95201
My dearest Carl,
Writing a few lines to see and to hear how you are doing and hoping that this letter finds you in the best of health. As for myself I'm just fine, thanks to God. Well, when I left MGH I arrived just fine. The second day I was here I wanted to run away from this place but I couldn't cause it was my last chance of going home. So I kept my cool. As the days went by I started to know lots of people and understanding what Concord was like. At first I didn't know a soul but now know the whole city people easily like me up here but I would do anything to go home.
I hated this place for two months. It was that they lied to me. Mr Fuser my social worker (whom later became my social worker around 1974 or 75) said that I needed help but I know I didn't. So I went on with the idea that I needed help but you know, they don't even help you up here. Anyways I live with six other chicks. We go out until 12 or 1: Anywhere we think of we go. I go to school and instead of d's or f's I get A's and B's and my report card, the school I go to have lots of rah rah's and dumps, but theyll past, lets for get about them. I'll tell you what I've been doing. I've been going out and get loaded every other day like a fool but there's a time and place to quit. Every month I come down to Stockton to visit my (smile) sister and brother,father. Last time I went down there, I didn't come to see you cause I thought you were in your new home. Finally, I found out you still were there and I hated myself for not coming. My brother and sister are just fine, Father is very unhappy, he lives by himself in a Hotel. I'm coming home for good in June, I just can't wait till the day comes. Concord is a okay place but Stockton, I'll come see you at your house Thursday or Friday if you want me to or if its not too far.
How's everything going for you? Fine I hope? Do you like the house your living in . How about the people. Hope you like them. Where are you living at is it a foster home or what? Lots of chicks down there? I bet they all like you huh Carl. I'll never forget you what ever goes on. Well hate to go lots of love and hopes for you. God bless you take care good bye.
P.S. write back
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
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