My American story started when I ran away from home at the age of twelve. I was a straight A student having just finished elementary school when my father told me I had to quit school and get a job! "No Papa I love school!' "You need to get a job! As long as you live under my roof you're going to do what I say!" "NO! I'm going to school!" So I filled a paper bag and left home. They thought I was being dramatic, and when I would get hungry, return home. It took the police and the FBI a year and a half before they tracked me down. Where did they find me? At school! I was homeless for about six months living on the streets. I found a well educated gay couple who wanted a child. They took me off the streets and gave me a home.