Tony Canonica Canonica 1
November 6, 2013
A Small Mistake
It seems to be wise to think before you act, in any scenario. If you let your emotions overcome your mind any situation it can go from being half bad to a hurricane of tension, stress and anger, especially when you are a teenager with a large history of dealing with drugs and psychotic parents. Meet my brother, Rocco Vincent Canonica Jr. Vinny was quiet a sibling to grow up with, not necessarily in a bad way, but an unpredictable way.
The Canonica family moved to Colorado in 2007, as a 5th grader I wasn’t too excited to be in this new environment. “I can barely breathe in this place”, I said to my brother as I got off the plane that left from Virginia. As time passed living in this sea of never ending mountains, my brothers and I made new friends and met new people.
I think the main reason my brother got into drugs was because of my parents, who were worst enemies, let alone husband and wife, and the fact that everyone else was doing them. I mean, let’s face it, who isn’t smoking grass around the clock in conifer, Colorado. Soon he found himself reaching into the stashes of all the drug dealers in town. Weed, shrooms, LSD and ecstasy were all to his likeing. The more my parents tried to get him to stop the more drugs he did. Being present for all this didn’t send me in the best possible direction either but that’s a different story. Eventually he landed himself in A.F.I.C. (adolescent and family institute for
youth). What a place. After the day that I spent there with him, following him around and enduring the long therapy sessions, and odd people, I realized how bad I felt for him. Even though he got himself into this mess, he didn’t deserve it.
This was also the beginning of the extensive therapy that my family went through and is currently going...