Monday, May 07, 2007


Tonight was the foster family appreciation dinner.

Evan went with us.

It was really wonderful. Sometimes it has been a bit tedious, but not this time. A current foster youth, a foster alumna, and a first mom all spoke. Everyone cried. The first mom (natural mom, REAL mom) got a standing ovation when she announced that she had been drug free for over three years. She described herself as a "dopeless hope-fiend." She thanked the foster parents for taking care of her kids and helping her to rebuild her relationship with them.

Did I mention that everyone cried?

When we got there we sat down at a table only because there were only two other people there. They turned out to be Marsha and her husband, Miss E's current parents! I don't know if I've been clear about this, but I never actually met them. I've spoken with Marsha on the phone and emailed with her a few times, but we never met in person.

Miss E showed up just a little late. I also don't think I remembered to tell you all that she is taking classes from a private night school so that she can finish high school before her 18th birthday. Anyway, she got to the dinner after her class let out.

I haven't seen her so happy in a long while. Miss E picked up a dropped name tag and stuck it on Marsha. Marsha pulled it off and stuck it on Miss E. Miss E pulled it off and put it in the middle of Marsha's back. They were both laughing. It was just wonderful. During dinner I asked them how many other kids they had. They said just the one little girl; Miss E does best when there aren't other kids.

I've decided I love them.

Right now I feel so grateful for all these fantastic kids and parents. I am privileged to know them all.


  1. So glad you had a good time and that you met Marsha in person.

  2. It's nice to hear about families for whom the system worked.

  3. I do like hearing about things when they work out. There is so much sorrow and pain in foster, care, we sometimes overlook the love. YOU are some of the fantastic parents.


Comments will be open for a little while, then I will be shutting them off. The blog will stay, but I do not want either to moderate comments or leave the blog available to spammers.