Archive for January 16, 2011
We all know the classic image of a young child in foster care standing there with a black trash bag either barely filled or bursting at the seams waiting for the worker to come and pick the child up. Who the hell thought of putting foster kid’s belongings in trash bags? Who? Or used, beat-up old boxes? Who? Or pillow cases? Who?
To you “big people,” it may seem like nothing…
but do you carry your “treasures” in a trash bag or a beat-up old box or a pillow case?
I don’t think so.
Trash is carried in trash bags. Dirty laundry is carried in trash bags.
Dead bodies are carried in trash bags.
Treasures are not.
And so what, if the “treasures” a foster child has are old, stained, ripped, broken… they have meaning to the child… and it’s not TRASH. But yet…it is treated that way the minute it is put into a trash bag or a beat-up old box.