Gut Rumbles

June 11, 2004

feral parents

I grew up in a household where money was scarce, but love was not. By and large, I had a happy childhood. Oh, I went through the usual ups and downs that every teenager experiences when you start to grow pubic hair and your hormones go into total uproar, but that's just normal teenaged behavior. That's a rough time in life.

I don't know how I might have fared through that time if I started out like this.


Or like

Posted by: tomaig on June 11, 2004 12:18 PM

Many kids these days don't have what we had when growing up. We never had much money, but I grew up with my biological mother & father in the same house! Mom used to give us kids a piece of bacon fat and string and we'd set out on the bayou all day, fishing for crawdads; if you caught one and worked it real slooow, you'd get him in. On the other hand, my grandkids (3) one lives with me, one lives with her mother and one lives in foster care since he was taken away from his father! That's another story, fighting the damn government/children services to rescue a kid from their clutches! Hmmm, I think i have the idea for my next post!

Posted by: Michele on June 11, 2004 01:20 PM

It goes both ways, Michele.

The little guy I have now doesn't have much of a chance with his bio parents. In the past, I've taken in kids who were black, blue and malnutritioned.

This one was lucky. He was just neglected.

Posted by: Key on June 11, 2004 01:49 PM

Yes, Key, I know it does, and I neaver meant to imply it didn't. But sometimes power corrupts; absolute power abolutely corrupts (or something along that line). The little guy I'm talking about wasn't abused or neglected by his mother, but yet she (and I) have been denied access to him because he lives in another state. Long story, but I agree with you, when it is necessry, thank god for people who will step in and temporaily protect and take care of the little ones.

Posted by: Michele on June 11, 2004 02:40 PM

The system - not necessarily the caseworkers, but the system - IS a pain in the ass.

My husband has threatened to quit fostering because of it.

I just have to remind him that we're not doing this for the system.

Posted by: Key on June 11, 2004 03:00 PM
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