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A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse
by Richard B. Pelzer

p.49 The wishes and beliefs of childhood are among the strongest emotions we'll experience. For me, I wished and hoped that someone would step in and help me. At the time I didn't realize it, but the authorities were well aware of what Mom was doing, and yet nothing ever occurred that would have stopped her. No one did anything.

p.76 My oldest brother, Ross, would often play a sort of football game with Josh and me. We would ride our bikes as Ross would throw the football and see if he could hit us as moving targets. It never actually hurt. After all, he was my brother. I enjoyed being with him more than anything in the world. I would have taken a hundred falls off the bike just to play and be near him.