First of all, I want to thank everyone who stopped by and supported me the other day at the A to Z Blog Challenge. I hope you all have signed up for the challenge and I can't wait to read everyone's posts!
Yesterday I had a "moment" at work. These moments don't come around very often so I think it calls for a celebration.
I have worked with "Lisa" for the past 10 years. I have been priveledged to watch her grown from a rebellious teenager (we think) to a blossoming young woman with TONS of potential.
When I met Lisa, she was angry. She was living in an extremely restrictive facility where she was not able to do anything without supervision. She rarely ever got to go out anywhere and if she did, she was closely watched. She didn't have access to the simple things in life that we take for granted every day. She couldn't take a walk, call a friend, go for a ride, or simply go in her room if she needed to get away from it all. (Don't we need these moments???)
Somehow she managed to rise above and move to another home where she could be a part of society. She held a job briefly, has a cell phone, goes shopping, to the movies and has somewhat of a normal social life now. She has come so far!
Now, here is the problem and the moment that came with it...
Lisa was put into foster care as a young child. She thought that the family she was taken from were her biological family but they weren't. She did not find this out until about 2 years ago. Now can you see why she an angry teenager??? She was moved from place to place until moving to that facility. By then, she did not trust anyone.
She is trying to update her ID so that she can find employment, attend school, etc. BUT she has no birth certificate. Noone knows who her parents are, where she was born, how old she really is, or what her name is for that matter.
As we were talking about it yesterday to try and figure out a way to help her, she started telling me about some of the things that she remembers from her childhood. What a story she has!
All of a sudden she said, "I want to write a book."
What a gift I have been given to work with her and to help her realize her dreams! If I can foster her desire to pursue her book, can you imagine the stories that she has to tell??? I am so excited for her and I can't wait to be a part of her future!