A man looking back on the best years of his life as director of a community center in a strife-ridden neighborhood.
A narrator describing his experiences as they happen, starting with childhood and continuing through his adult years as an advocate for troubled children.
An unidentified narrator describing a man who devoted his life to neighborhood children years after his own difficult childhood.
An admiring relative of a man whose generosity with children was widely respected in the neighborhood where he turned around a declining community center.
Establishing himself financially so as to be able to bring his original family back under one roof
Seeing the children at the community center shift their interest from sports to the dramatic arts
Building on the success of the community center by opening other centers like it throughout the state
Expanding for some, if not all, of the children the vision they have of themselves and their futures
For a child to be happy, he or she must develop a firm basis in religion at an early age.
For a child to be fulfilled, he or she must be exposed to great works of art and literature that contain universal themes.
For a child to thrive and be a responsible member of society, he or she must develop a sense of discipline.
For a child to achieve greatness, he or she must attach importance to the community and not to the self.
That Abshu had foster brothers.
That the Masons maintained a clean house.
How Mother Mason felt about the location of their house.
What Abshu remembered most about his years with the Masons.
Abshu as a child
Abshu as an adult
They had unrealistic expectations that Abshu toned down in the course of informal conversations.
In Abshu's eyes, they were all gifted.
In Abshu's eyes, the children who were likely to succeed were the ones who gave him the most trouble at the outset.
They were prepared to believe in each other more than in themselves.
Thorough in seeking out potential sources for financial backing.
Reluctant to spoil the children with charity.
Excited about having the children write grant applications.
Determined to let the children decide how the money would be spent.
Abshu wishes he could get over the bitterness he feels toward her for allowing him and his siblings to be placed in foster care.
Abshu is worried that his mother is troubled by her decision to place her children in foster care and wants to comfort and support her now that he is a grown man.
Abshu wonders if she might have made a better decision about letting him and his siblings go into foster care, even though he understands why she did it.
Abshu wants to apologize for having been ungrateful as a child to his mother, who was only doing what she felt was best for her family.
Happiness in your work and love in your house
The pursuit of your goals and the realization of your dreams
Togetherness with your family and the sharing of laughter
Working in the community and striving for equality