My Cousin Kevin

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Sean, 1978-

“I am a porch kid. There are corner kids and porch kids. For instance, you are a porch kid. Porch kids stay on the porch, and they go in when the street lights come on. A corner kids hangs out in the corner.”

Important someone in my life? Pretty much everyone. I’m detached, detached from everyone. I haven’t seen my relatives in 12 years. But growing up, it was my cousin Kevin. I didn’t have a father after five years old. Once I turned 13, I met my cousin, and once I turned 15 or 16, I stopped hanging out with other fellas, they were getting into too much trouble. I am a porch kid. There are corner kids and porch kids. For instance, you are a porch kid. Porch kids stay on the porch, and they go in when the street lights come on. A corner kids hangs out in the corner.

Well, my cousin Kevin, he gave me a good refuge. When I would get into arguments with my mom, I would go to my cousin Kevin. He liked video games, and is a professional boxer, won a couple of titles. Later on in my life, he taught me how to box, and before, that he actually taught me how to be a man. I didn’t know going into it, I was taught how to be a man, by a man, my cousin.

Some of the best foods I ate wat at my cousin Kevin’s by his wife. And some of the best parties I went to. He loved taking me to little parties he had, that’s how I got to meet Mike Tyson, they knew each other. Tyson is cool, he’s a cancer, like me. Really cool, real touchy-feely, but used to have a bad drinking problem. Once he started drinking, they were, ‘Alright Mike, go home, you gonna cause a fight…. Go home!’ {he laughs} But yes, my cousin Kevin was an important figure in my life.



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