While walking along the beach, Dave Pelzer sees a piece of wood being swept back and forth by the waves. Pelzer suggests that the wood symbolizes his own life—like the wood, he’s been “pushed and pulled in every direction.” In the end, however, Pelzer breaks free of the cycle of child cruelty and builds a happy life for himself, in a way escaping some of the more overwhelming “waves” that have buffeted him against his will.
The Piece of Wood Quotes in A Child Called It
I marvel at the wood how it reminds me of my former life. My beginning was extremely turbulent, being pushed and pulled in every direction. The more grisly my situation became, the more I felt as if some immense power were sucking me into some giant undertow. I fought as hard as I could, but the cycle never seemed to end. Until suddenly, without warning, I broke free.
I'm so lucky. My dark past is behind me now.