June 30, 2016
Good morning. It's another warm, sunny day here in New England, but our hearts are heavy. Someone we all love is hurting and there's nothing any of us can do to help. Supposedly, the law provides help for those of us who need it. But that's not always the case.
This young lady is a beautiful sweet teenager. She's smart, funny, caring, keeps her grades up in school, and has a job. She loves kids and animals and crafts. Recently she taught herself how to crochet and is making a blanket. She''s had some pretty rough things to overcome in her short life, and she has still managed to turn out to be a wonderful person. Her hope for the future is to go to college and study pediatric oncology. This month, she got a Certificate of Achievement for Superior Achievement in Early Education and Child Care, completed her Heartsaver CPR program, and received an award for Civic Pride & Academic Excellence in School.
The problem: for some reason that none of us knows, her mom does not like her nor have any use for her. For the past six months, her mom has done whatever she could to ruin this girl's life, even taking her to court and saying that she was an unruly child who needed to be put away in a program. A lot of lies were told in court, and none were checked out. If the court had checked any of them out, they would have found that the girl had done nothing wrong. However, the court took the mother's side in whatever was said and sent the girl away.
She has been back home lately for a short reprieve, but now her mom is having the court send her away again. The court will be having her moved within these next two weeks. This young girl is devastated and is giving up. She feels she has no reason to go on living. We are all heartsick. Not being family, we have no rights at all to speak up or try to help. At one point, I hired her an attorney, but he did absolutely nothing for her.
In my wildest dreams, I cannot fathom why any mother would work so hard to destroy her daughter's life. I haven't met anyone who would not love to step in and help, but we have no legal rights to do this. What kind of stupid legal system is this anyway? We are doing our best to help this young girl keep her spirits up so that she can make it to her next birthday (towards the end of Winter, and she'll be eighteen.). If she can make it that far, we can all step in then and help make her life better.
I'm sorry to start this post with something this heavy, but we are all hurting about it. With all the crap you hear daily on the news, you would think that there was someone in the system who would try to help a child who was truly in need and trying to make something of herself. Nope, I guess the only persons who get all the help are the criminals. Go figure!!
On a lighter note, here's more photos from my garden. The lilies are starting to bloom now. The blooms may not be lasting very long this year, but at least when one plant finishes blooming, another plant starts.
My little tomato plants are doing pretty good too so far. They're not very tall yet, but there are three or four tomatoes already.
This morning, SIL Eddie's friend is here to do some weeding in the gardens and to mow the lawns. The yard will be looking spiffy for the Holiday this weekend. The mailman just came and brought me a couple of packages. Hmmm, I wonder what they could be. I've left them on the counter until I've finished this post. That said, it's time for me to get dressed and start my day. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.