What Happened to Andrew?

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What Happened to Andrew?

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What Happened to Andrew?

Written by Luz Leigh - July 2007

While deciding what I wanted to share with my friends today, I found a story I had written circa 1993. The following was what I wrote about a young man who worked for the City for a few months. Today I mentioned to a friend that I wondered whatever happened to Andrew Leon. (Not his real name; but if he reads this, he will recognize himself). My friend said maybe if I posted this story, somehow there might be someone who has a clue as to what happened to this young man.

"When Andrew comes to my mind, I think of a gentle person. If I were to try to compare him to a member of the animal kingdom, I probably would liken him to a deer. Those dark eyes are always alert; he is quiet ... unassuming, but with a quick smile. He is smart, but not overbearing with his knowledge. Because of his nature, we have not become as close friends as some of the other students who have come to work for the City. This is because many times when he has a few free minutes, he is busy reading something from the library, always seeking knowledge. That is good.

"I know not why Andrew came to East Texas from the open spaces of Big Spring and earlier from New Mexico, but I know he says the trees and forests here make him feel closed in. When he returns to his home, he will appreciate the openness, the lack of tall pine trees, (which in turn make pine needles), and the freedom from the Trade Center. Andrew, when you do make the trip back home, remember us here with kindness and a laugh or two. I care about what happens to you."

A copy of the little story was given to Andrew on his last day of employment with us. During the many years that we had students from the center for troubled youth working for us, we met many different types. Several kept in touch with me for a brief time after they returned to their homes; most we never heard from again. Then one night a few years ago, in a most unusual place, I met one of the former students. He a success story; he went on to become a productive citizen, reaching out to teens who might be headed down the path he took in an earlier time of his life. So, it is with hope that I think of Andrew Leon. Maybe he, too, has made something of his life.

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