"She puts the clipboard down and hugs me.
'God,' I tell myself, 'She is so warm.' I don’t want to let go. I
want to stay in her arms forever. I hold my eyes tightly shut, and
for a few moments nothing else exists."
In this scene, Pelzer is being examined by the school nurse for his injuries. This quote, in particular, is significant because it is representative of Pelzer's lack of a true mother figure in his life. He is not accustomed to the warmth and comfort that comes with a hug from a caring female, therefore he cherishes every second of it, not wanting to let go. These lines portray Pelzer's locked up emotions, and bring out how he truly feels. He wishes that his mother could be more loving and considerate like the school nurse and provide that warmth that he has been longing for. This quote stood out to me not only because it appealed to my emotional side, but it also made feel thankful that my mother's arms have always been open for a hug, whether it was when I was six years old or now that I am sixteen. I feel fortunate that I have never, personally, had to feel the pain that Pelzer did throughout his childhood. This excerpt from the novel may be foreshadowing a new beginning for the young David Pelzer. It provides him with hope for a better future, and maybe an opportunity to have a better, more loving mother. For once Pelzer feels as if there are people that care for his well-being.