KymReeder_SS310_Unit_9_Final_Assignment

KymReeder_SS310_Unit_9_Final_Assignment - Hippy Movement:...

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Hippy Movement: How Drugs Shaped my Life. Unit 9 Hippy Movement: How Drugs Shaped my Life. Kym Reeder Kaplan University SS310-22 Professor Maureen Green June 17, 2011 Introduction: Of the many events that took place during the 1960’s the one that stands out for shaping and influencing my life is not an event but a movement the hippy movement to be precise, which endorsed drugs and sexual freedom (Goodwin, S., & Bradley, B., 1999). Although a little unorthodox for a choice my life has taken me down different paths and many of those paths were not the healthiest of roads. However the hippy movement did indeed help to shape my life my career choice and has influenced my course of study in Auditing and Forensic Accounting. Regardless of what happened or what I did during those days, I am who I am today because of them. Therefore I would not trade them for anything.
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The Beginning: My mother was born in 1942, and was raised in San Leandro, CA. She reached the age of 18 in 1960 she met some new friends (referred to as beatniks by my grandmother) from Berkeley and when she graduated in June of that year she left home. While living in Berkeley she met my dad fell in love moved with him to New York and 10 months later my brother was born. Following the birth they moved back to California and settled in San Francisco right across the street from Panhandle Park. While living there my parents got caught up in drugs and alcohol. Social workers took my brother from my parents, so for a time they got clean to bring him home following his return my mom had my second brother. My parents once again relocated but this time to my dad’s hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri the reason was to have family to help while they were attempting to get clean and sober. Needless to say my mom stayed clean and sober until at least November 24, 1964 which happens to be my birthday. Childhood Memories: The earliest memory I have is being with my dad while he was out drinking. Following that memory is my mom crying because my daddy was never coming home again. He died in 1969 while attempting to come home from a bar he drove off the edge of a steep road. Following this we moved back to California but this time to Oakland and a few months later my sister was born. When I was about five I remember waking up in the middle of the night because my baby sister was screaming in the hallway. I went out and found her on the heater grid she had fallen and her bottom was stuck to the floor heater. I ran to get my mom but she wasn’t in her room so I ran to the living room and found her asleep under the piano bench (later in life I found out she was passed out drunk and loaded). I tried and tried to wake her up but she wouldn’t get up, so I
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ran back to my sister and stepped onto the heater to pull her off. To this day my sister has grill mark scars on the back of her upper legs and I have them on the bottom of my feet. Shortly after this all four of us were removed from her home and placed in foster care.
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2012 for the course SOCIAL SCI 310 taught by Professor Green during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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