GoodBye Momma

The Neighborhood Double Feature

No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties,
or painful situations you go through in your life,
we all have something deep within us
that we can reach down and
find the inner strength
to get through them.
– Alana Stewart

Goodbye Momma
I hope Robert knows how strong he was then. To return to the site of so much grief, with the honor & respect to say goodbye to a Mother, that would do her best to destroy the very life she gave. And I wonder if his mother would ever comprehend her good fortune. To have received the unconditional love of her son, even though she did her best to rid it from him.

Goodbye Momma is told in an eloquent verse by Robert M. Goldstein himself. The visually engaging slideshow animation, allowed the inner artist to tell the story of the boy who is now the man.


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23 Comments on “GoodBye Momma

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  4. It was very moving.Something unimaginable,to be put down in words.A tough task.But you did it beautifully.
    Thank you for following me,it helped me find your blog! 🙂
    I hope you like what you read at mine 🙂

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    • Goodbye Momma was written, produced and narrated by the talented Robert M. Goldstein. I simply have the good fortune of having a platform fitting for his story. Thank you for adding your voice. You are appreciated so much.

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      • Thank you Kendall,

        This is my first test of combining words and image as a video and I have a way to go in learning how to do it best…but I would not have done it without your inspiration and willingness to listen to me enumerate the ten thousand ways I thought I should go about making it with alternatives just in case…:)


    • What you say is true. This is one of the reasons I have decided to discuss my personal experience of it.

      I am very grateful to Kendall for giving me a broader platform…or soapbox…:)

      Everyone pays when parents abuse children and no one pays more dearly than the child who bear pain and cope with a world that find the truth of his existence to accept, and to discuss, and many people choose not to.

      When those people who prefer to deny what they know is true are in the majority it makes everything worse.

      My hope is that by opening this up for discussion we can bring hope into someones life.

      Hope is life.

      Thank you for your comment.

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      • Yes, the abuse goes on in the child’s mind for life. Life is not a Hallmark card. Everyday, and holidays with an abusive family makes it particularly hard for survivors. Even if there is no contact. We are almost upon it again, eeeekkkkk! Thanks for shining a light on an issue that is kept in the dark until it is too late, too often.

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        • Thank you for reading the post and leaving this thought provoking comment. I wish that we as a people would remember that we always have the power to take the darkness away.

          I saw an interesting response to an article about the effects of El Nino on
          people who live regions where crops will fail because of the extreme weather.

          The thrust of the article was that people in these regions will go hungry and that nations that will benefit from El Nino should organize relief efforts.

          Someone left the following whining comment:

          “Do I have to feel guilty about El Nino too.”

          That comment got plenty of amens and and I thought: The breathtaking ignorance and sociopathy of people in the United States is shocking.

          How did we get so stupid that we don’t know the difference between behaving responsibly in our relationships with our neighbors in other countries and the useless decadence of ‘guilt’.

          I wanted to reply: “No one wants your egocentric guilt. We want your humanity, if you have any.”


          • It’s always a choice to reach out and lend a helping hand. Too often we feel we are separate from each other and fail to see and accept what someone else is going through and remember the old saying, “There by the grace of God go I.” We can be generous and grateful, but there is no reason to feel guilty. Having a scarcity attitude that if we give we will somehow have less is not how the universe works. Having more, more, more and hoarding doesn’t make us secure and happy, giving does as does receiving. Flow. Of course none of us can give to every single cause that comes into our awareness. I would guess that the respondents are givers, but they give to the causes that resonate with them, as it should be. Good point and interesting reaction.

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            • Thank you for a thoughtful comment.

              You’re absolutely right. Individually we cannot possibly take on every problem in the world.

              But this is why we have government, and why we pay taxes, and why we promote public services.

              What we can’t do separately we can do together.

              This is why it is so important to vote.

              This is really what politics is about. It’s not about the antics of the a hair challenged blowhard.

              Politics is about the quality of our lives today and the quality of life that we will bequeath to our children.


  5. Kendall…Thank you for presenting this. This is my first attempt to do an online reading and animation. I will do more now. Thank you for this.


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