Today Christopher comes home. Nearly two years ago, at the age of eleven, his early baggage caught up with him, and though we tried to do what was right, based on the information we had at the time, we lost him.
There are no words to describe the helplessness and outrage we experienced as Christopher’s parents, as we struggled to stick together and journey with our children through this process. We learned the hard way the difference between justice and mercy, and that what is “legal” and what is “in the best interests of the child” are sometimes two very different things. He learned … well, heaven only knows what he learned. Time will tell.
But today, today I am thankful.
I am thankful for those who stood by us while we “raged against the night.” Our friends who took Christopher the first year. We can never repay their kindness. Friends and family who supported us from a distance. Co-workers who pulled with me when I scrambled to juggle everything, with very little brain power to spare. Christopher’s foster father, who taught him to do his own laundry and clean bathrooms. The dear priest, pastor of two inner-city parishes, who volunteered to visit Christopher every month with the sacraments while he was in treatment. Child and Family Focus (CFF), a parent advocacy group who should be the FIRST place parents in Chester County should turn for help if they have a child in trouble (any kind of trouble).
And so, on this eve of All-Hallows Day (Halloween), we celebrate a kind of resurrection. From death to new life.
Celebrate with us!