Last night at my oldest son’s football game a retired soldier was acknowledged in the stadium.

The announcer spoke of all the battles he had endured and all the accommodations he had received.

It made me think of all the kids that made it through foster care.

Some had cushy posts but most survived a war zone surrounded by the enemy for many years.

Think of the accommodations and medals they would receive.

Most of the battles these kids survived would make any soldier weep.

My hat goes off to these heroes.

Be proud you made it through the system.

I know I am.

13 thoughts on “Heroes

  1. I agree on all your points. And I’ve seen the village and I don’t want it raising my kids! Most of the kids are broken down and become easy prey for what lies ahead. To be successful in the system is to fail in society. The rules are upside down. They’re set up for failure. Alot of times the only way they know how to survive is to morph into the monster that got them there in the first place.
    Thanks for the link. We’ll check it out after the kiddos go to bed.

  2. This Dan Hughes Webinar, may be of interest. Some really insightful stuff for everyone on attachment, relationships and self image.. He is a leader in his field and I think uses ideas that regularly change people’s futures..

    Need to sign in, but only takes 30 seconds and is free..

    The whole attachment thing I find fascinating, I think even for those with caring parents, the government and corporations become the ultimate parent of influence and as they potential liars, theives and murderers, voila, all are attachments become insecure.. I do not think the government or my country loves me.. Have I been on X-Factor??..

    How to become secure in an insecure world is tricky for all, but yes not being able to have the support of those that most depend on ie parents and relatives, must be a 1000 times more difficult. Without resiliance, receptiveness and support it is not going to go well..

    Things can and do change, but help is sometimes needed and the need for help recognised..

  3. I liked the poem. Thanks for sharing it. It’s hard to believe you can get clean when people have been throwing poop pies at you for long periods of time. You begin to think you’re a giant poop pie yourself. I think you just keep cleaning them up and telling them their not poop. They need to know they are priceless.

  4. My question is what do we do about it? We know it exhists. I want to do something about it. The only thing I can think of is to rally every former system kid I could find to speak with one clear loud voice to say “you are not alone.” That’s as far as I have got. Any suggestions?

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