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The Toronto Star (Canada)
December 17, 1992
All the music-biz muck that's fit to rake
by Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Tori Amos & a sad little boy: Hot pop newcomer Tori Amos wears her heart on her sleeve, and she expects you to do the same. A conversation with her is like
a swan-dive deep into the psyche, dredging up barely remembered memories of past
She firmly believes that everyone had a bad childhood. "And it doesn't mean
sexually molested," she explained in an April chat.
"It just means something like what happened to my friend, Eric, when he was 5
years old. You finish the little test that you've been given to do in
kindergarten, and you turn over the page and do a little drawing for the
teacher, and she says, 'No! Bad! Bad Eric! You're supposed to finish!'
"Do you know that affected that little boy for the rest of his life?"
Naturally, then, Amos was all ears when told the story of a little boy in
Grade 2 in Calgary and a Valentine's Day many years ago.
The boy and his friend, Dougie, had slaved over making a gaily decorated
cardboard box for their classroom, to hold Valentine cards brought by the
students and the teacher.
Everyone was supposed to bring enough Valentines so none of the students went
But the little boy was a bit of a nerd, and no one except the teacher had a
Valentine for him, even though he'd helped make the box.
Even Dougie didn't give him a Valentine. "I forgot," he weaseled.
To drive the knifeblade of unpopularity even deeper, on the way home at
lunchtime, the one Valentine the little boy received from the teacher was blown
away in a rainstorm.
He arrived at home soaked with rain and tears.
"That was painful," Amos consoled. "These things happen, and although you try
to protect kids from getting hurt, nobody deals with these things properly when
they do happen.
"Somebody should have been aware that you didn't get a Valentine, and done
something about it."
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