"As we played with our toys and had the
inevitable arguments about who was going to play
with what, Mammy tried to stop us arguing as she
cooked Christmas Dinner, happily singing carols
along to the radio. It was a long time since Mum
was honestly happy, and a nice memory of her.
The worst thing of all happened, my dad turned
up, as usual drunk and in a rage, ranting and
raving, swearing, threatening us kids so that Mum
would react. When she kept her cool trying to avert
more violence, the usual happened. He grabbed me and
slung me across the yard. Mammy snapped and Dad
did his usual, beat my Mum really bad, then went
on to sling our Christmas dinner into the yard, then
continued through the house...''
Ronnie Cook continues his remarkable and inspirational life story, I Didn't Belong, recalling a terrible Christams day during his childhood.
Ronnie's father, a gypsy, was a violent man. The Cook family was treated as social outcasts.
In his teens Ronnie followed a life of crime and ended up in prison, where he was frequently beaten and subjected to bitter prejudice.
After a failed marriage and years of alcohol and drug addiction he joined a Baptist church and dedicated his life to God.
His book is available from amazon.co.uk - type I Didn't Belong in the search box.
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