Barely anything was passed on to me, but some life skills in the bush and how to live on my own, because my mom was always drinking or out. I had to learn how to keep myself clean and healthy, and how to cook my own food, and stuff like that. But I always knew that my mother had love for me, even though she took her anger out on me. I guess that’s where my anger comes from. I took out my own anger at school with other kids when I got older because of the way I’d seen how my mother was with me, always mad at me for some reason. But then I got tired of what she was doing to me, so I left her and got my own help from social services, even though I hated them telling me what to do with my life, and didn’t listen to them at all. I was always around my sister, and stayed with her and her kids, so I learned that I always had to have respect and kindness in order to meet new people. But I always listened to my friends and let them tell me how to have fun, like stealing skidoos, and doing Bee’s, and drinking and fighting. While I was drunk or stoned I didn’t care what was going on at the time, just as long as me and my friends were enjoying ourselves. As I turned into a teenager I learned to try and control myself and my anger and manage what I had to do. There were always others who wanted to take care of me; I just didn’t want to smarten up at the time. But then I went to jail for about a year, and came home after that. I learned a lot in jail, like self-management, and how to take control of my life, so that I could see what was going on. Then I started dating Vanessa and she has made me see the ways that I can fix my life so that I can smarten up. Now we’ve stayed together for about nine months, and a month ago she told me that she was going to have my baby. Now, when my baby boy or girl is born I’m going to have lots to do in order to teach him or her what they should know about life, so that they don’t have to go through what I went through. My life was really hard for me, and I don’t want that for the baby, too. So I gotta do what I gotta do in order that the baby doesn’t see the same stuff that I did. I’m going to do my very very best so that he or she can finish school and have good friends. I wish that I’d finished school too, but I got myself into trouble with the law and at the school and now I can’t go back. I’m going to do all I can to make a better life for my kid so that they can see a better life than I did. I’ll do and teach my kid anything that is good, and that will help him or her grow up. I can’t wait until my baby is born so that I can teach him or her and show them the world. I am going to teach my kid everything that I know, except for the bad stuff. I’m going to teach my kid every little thing that he or she needs to know.