The other wes Moore one name, Two Fates “Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates,” describes the difficult times in both boys lives. In many ways this novel is inspirational. Such as, how it shows the choices we make today, and how they affect us in the future. As, portrayed through both Wes Moore’s. What these boys went through at such young ages is truly heart wrenching. When comparing the lives of these two young men I find so many things that they have in common. Besides the obvious, the same name.
Both boy’s were brought up in Baltimore, they were raised by single mothers, how both of there mothers worked, being members in crews, and having issues with the law. When you look at the individuals they will become, there circumstances is sets them apart. As the . Both boys were brought up in Baltimore, however they were brought up in different parts of Baltimore. The author Wes lives in more family oriented location. When the area he lived in starting getting broke in, his mother decided to move back home with her parents in Bronx, New York City.
Just to find out it had ran down over the years itself. Despite the efforts of the other Wes Moore’s mother, she moved her family four times over the years to tried and get them to a better neighborhood. However, trouble still followed. The boys were raised by single mothers. What set’s the boys apart is the author Wes he knew his father. They had a close relationship, he loved, and admired him. Tragically his father pasted away when he was only three. Of the two memories Wes carried from his father, one was watching him suffocate in front of him from a misdiagnosed disease.
Unlike the other Wes his father chose not to be in his life. He was a drug addict and a alcoholic. Out of his two memories he has of his father, the last time he saw his father he didn’t even know who he was. Being single a mother with children, forced these women to work hard long hours, to support there families. The author Wes, his mother Joy, decided to move back to the Bronx with her parents. This way she would have help with the kids while she had to work. Her parents were retired so they would help in getting the kids to school, and make sure they were home and feed.
On the hand, the other Wes had a older brother that helped watched him, while his mother Mary had to work. But eventually was left to take care of himself. At age eight, Wes was getting himself off to school and coming home to were he would be alone unsupervised for hours, before his mother would get home. Besides the fact Wes had no father as a role model, he had no adult for a role model. Being members in different crews was apart of surviving. In the Bronx’s had changed significantly since Joy was a child. People were dealing crack from the sidewalks.
The author Wes found himself making friends with people, that was apart of drug running. Reputation was important in this area, and you needed to hangout with people that so called respected people. The other Wes found himself being a lookout for the police. He became somewhat of a leader in his crew. This was just the being of his career in drug related activity. Having issues with the law, is what sets the two boys apart. The author Wes was caught drawing graffiti on a building wall, with one of his drug running friend.
He was put in cuffs and the put in the back of the squad car. His reaction: he was apologetic, he had tears running down his face, and he was upset at himself, for doing something that got him in trouble in the first place. Unlike, the other Wes, was caught with a knife. He was going to use to stab a boy, for punching him in the mouth. His only worry was getting home before his mother got there. His only thought was he “to send a message. ” Getting arrested became just another day to Wes. One of the factors that helped the author Wes, was the change in his surroundings.
I strongly believe if he would have stayed in the Bronx, his life would have ended differently. The support from his mother is what helped him to be successful. She knew she had to get rid of the bad influences, and the negativities that surround him in the Bronx. She sent him to military school which was a financial burden. She was determine. She wanted more from him, and wanted him, to want more for himself. To be a respectful, honest man. That is exactly what happened, author Wes Moore found himself along the way. He has only went up from there.
One of the factors that hurt the other Wes, his surrounding. Even though his mom kept moving Wes, always managed to keep up with some of his people. He would get arrested, drop out of school , and impregnated a girl. He never had any structure, his mom would just take a deep breathe and move on. Sure she told him, he needed to do good in school, as did his big brother. The next thing you know he would be out just doing whatever he decided. The best thing he ever did was go to the job corp.. Which showed he was capable of doing things right and being different.
The other Wes seems to think other people or the people around you decided your fate. But he was in control of whom and what kind of people he was around. In the end I believe we all create our own density. You either chose to make something of yourself or you follow in someone’s else footsteps. I am a proud mother of a four year son, three year old daughter, two year old daughter, and a five month old son. A wonderful husband of six years that is very supportive. So that helps a lot. My life has not always been the best either. Neither of parents graduated high school my mom made it to the 10th grade.
My mom was a teen mom. She was only fifteen when she had my brother, then had me a year later. Fourteen years went by before my sister was born. My mother and father have been married thirty years this year. I wasn’t raised by a single parent, but I was raised by young parents and it wasn’t easy. When I graduated high school, my mom told me that was the happiest day of her life. Her biggest fear was that I would follow in her footstep. She always tells me that I am to lead the way, don’t be a follower. I truly understand what she means by that now thanks to this novel.