“All this week and all last week we’ve been selling cherries. We plan on selling blueberries and apricots. I pretty much want to make money because I’m broke. I want to be able to go bowling and see movies with my friends.” – Irina, Reardan, Washington
Photo by Marshall McLean
“I used to be one of those teenagers who just didn’t care about anything. I went out and did bad things and I hated everyone. On top of that, I used to think that no one loved me and that no one ever would. I was in a deep dark place and had no idea how to get out.
“It’s funny, ’cause the first time I remember meeting Katie (my dad’s wife) and kind of re-meeting my dad, I came down to be in their wedding. At first I wanted nothing to do with either of them. I mean, my dad had basically abandoned me, and I was still trying to get over it.
“It took me less than a day to see that my dad had changed, and Katie just had something about her that drew me in. They both had this kind of light to them, and I didn’t know how to take it.” – Ashley, Spokane
Click here to read Ashley’s story on UGM’s blog.