|The Cold Child|
Please be prepared for a rant...one is coming...and I make no apologies for it.
My daughter, who is a mighty fine and empathetic human being (and who looks very much like the child in the photo above) has a friend. She is a sweet little eleven year old and has been a good companion for my girl. BUT this poor little lass, let's call her Sophie, lives in reduced, nay quite questionable circumstances.
My dear girl and I were driving to school the other day and she queried whether or not she had a spare coat. I said she did, (she has three- all donated btw). She then asked if she might be able to give one to Sophie (who looks very much like the illustration above). I said that would be fine, but then probed to find out more.
Sophie is one of MANY children in her home. Cool, sounds good. But Sophie is one of many NEGLECTED children who come to school with barely anything to eat, who get left with their mother's latest love interest whilst the mother trots off overseas on a holiday for two weeks. And who also go out into the world in sub-zero temperatures in a light polo top and no coat.
WTF? It makes me so angry. I can barely speak to be honest.
Reports to child services don't help really, because she is not actually being abused physically or sexually. The abuse is different. And also (and I don't blame child services I think they do a great job under budget cuts and other red-tape challenges)- but to me this kid is every bit as abused, in the fact that the mother obviously has thousands of dollars to spend on HERSELF but not her little kids.
I don't mind helping out and giving my girl extra food and clothing to give to Sophie. Some might say I am giving the mother (and I use this term loosely) no reason to step up as a parent BUT when it is a little kid, it's a no brainer. Her needs have to come first. The mother is a dumb bi**h.
My positive from this is that my daughter sees how well she is cared for and she also has a developed, caring, sweet and loving nature. A nature that considers others above herself.
For that I can be very grateful.
- names have been changed to protect the innocent.