LITTLE ME was small for my age (6 year old clothes at 10) but people never picked on me because of my size so I didn't really develop a "napoleonic" complex. People other than my parents and perp treated me kindly.
I was the requested singer in our small town from age 4 through middle school which was probably what kept my self esteem afloat. I won first place in two county fair talent contests thanks to a loving music teacher who picked me up to practice and drove me to the fairs without any relatives in the audience.
I lived a few blocks from the Missouri river and that is where summers were spent. Winters were ice skating in the park and a small lake nearby, sledding and just running around town in the NE Nebraska snow.
My wife asked my sister what kind of kid I was and my sister said "everyone loved him" I was surprised at her answer but realized "everyone" didn't include our parents who abandoned us when I was 4. I WAS JUST A LOVABLE KID
I'm a freeman now, his authority's dead
no pain monger lies in my comfortable bed!