Your whole life can change in an instant. It only takes one event for everything to become totally different. That moment came for Alex when his father was arrested and received a lengthy prison sentence. When Alex’s father went to prison, his whole world fell apart. His dad had supported his family, and now that income was gone. His mom had to take several jobs to make up the difference, and that left Alex with a lot of new responsibilities.
To Alex, it felt like one day he was a normal kid and the next he was in charge of running a household. He cared for his siblings, making sure they ate dinner and finished their homework. He did the grocery shopping and took a job to help pay the bills. He even cleaned the house and did the laundry to help out his mom.
These new responsibilities left Alex feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. There was no time to think about anything but making sure his family was okay. He didn’t have time to think about his schoolwork. He used to love playing the trumpet in his school band, but with no time to practice, he was forced to quit. Nothing was the same anymore, and Alex wondered if he would ever feel like a kid again.