In 1989-1990 I was in annewakee treatment center in rockmart georgia. I was 15-16 while I was there. I searched today for information about this place, I heard about reunions and such and was interested, But I didnt have much luck finding anything useful. What I did find was stories about some allegations about child labor, and child abuse, that happened there and I want to defend my home.. Yes anneewakee is the place I consider "home" as a teen.
Maybe my home life was just so bad that I thought this was a little slice of heaven and maybe it was child abuse. But I loved it. I felt safe, I felt loved, I enjoyed my time at anneewakee.. I was there during the name change from anneewakee to inner harbor and and I was part of the mahayan group but we stayed on the wameeka campsite. Mahayan was teepees, and I guess they were ditching the teepees for the cabins. The cabins had no electricity, we walked everywhere we went and we used outhouses. Every sunday we had to haul a wheel barrow full of "enzymes" and put them in the outhouse. I think it wsa called a privy or something tho..
It wasnt a cushy life, we worked, but it wasnt awful either. I learned so many things there. I made friends that I would love to reconnect with. I had the opportunity to just be a kid and be with other kids and not worry about being yelled at and accused of everything. No one there ever abused me. It was a great place and if anyone ever said to me where would you go if you could go back in time.. Anneewakee mahayan group would be where I would go and I would do roll call with my name backwards everyday I was assilem... That was the worst part for me calling myself ass.. Otherwise I loved anneewakee ad whatever terrible thing happened there must have happened before I came cuz I never saw anyone abused..
I want to add to this that I believe that bad things did happen there and some people had a terrible experience, but some of us had a terrible experience before we got there.. Sometimes one mans trash is another mans treasure.. I was the throwed away in the way worthless so and so at home.. At anneewakee I was just a kid..
Im sorry for those of you that had bad times there.. I wish I could fix it for you.. I truely would. But maybe after 20 years its just time to let go of the hurt and hate.. What has hanging on to it done for you over the past 20-30 years? Its like a cancer eating at you and its not gonna stop until you let go..
Love to all my wakee bros and sis's
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