the smurfs are so much like foster kids
As you all know, I love cartoons. I especially like cartoons when I am feeling down, because they let me drift into other worlds and they make me laugh. The creativity behind a cartoon is just magical. So, yesterday, because I felt crappy and the weather sucked ass, I laid around and watched cartoons with my pets. Sometimes I just watch whatever cartoon comes on without changing the channel, because I figure I can find something comical in them.
So I found this 2-hour marathon of the smurfs. Do you them? They are these little blue creatures, 3 apples high, that live in the forest. There are TONS of them. I don’t know when the smurfs were really first on TV, but they are amazing.
So, as I was watching these little blue creatures run around the woods, I began to think how these smurfs were just like foster kids….Follow me here…
First of all, most people do NOT want to believe they exist. In fact in one episode the human wizard was like “no, no, it can’t be” when confronted by the smurfs. See the similarities?….Most people do not want to believe foster kids exist. They don’t want to have “Their tax dollars spent on someone else’s problem,” or people think “They aren’t my kids. It’s not my problem.” Or worse yet, they ignore the needs of children in care — “no, no, it can’t be!”
Second, there are a few special smurfs that exist and make up the bulk of the show — Papa Smurf, Greedy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette, Vanity Smurf, Handy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Jokey Smurf, — that’s pretty much the main group as far as I can tell. They get the spotlight almost every episode. They are the chosen few, out of TONS of smurfs. My gosh, it’s the same with foster kids…TONS of foster kids in the United States and a select few are chosen for adoption. Thousands age-out without a family, because the select few (young, white, less problems) get all the spotlight.
Third, there is one Papa Smurf for tons of other smurfs. Do you know how many times I stayed in a foster home that was packed with kids? Illegally overpacked based on the laws regarding # of kids and beds in a room. Stuff us in…one set of foster parents for lots of foster kids.
Fourth, and this similarity is extremely personal, but true for many foster kids as well…. where the fuck is MAMA SMURF? She is probably getting high off the magic smurfy mushrooms or whoring around smurf village and abandoned all the little smurfs.
Fifth, there are lots of little houses in the smurf village, just like many group home settings. Some smurfs have their own house and some share a house. This is like living in a fucking group home. Some of the group homes I lived in were big “campuses” that had different “houses,” spread about. They were either named after someone like the LT home and the KC home; or just named like girls 10-14, girls 15-17, etc. It sucked. Lots of houses…just like the smurfs.
Sixth, smurfs run away from the smurf village when they get upset, just like foster kids run away. The smurfs hide in the woods. The other smurfs go out and search for the run-away smurfs to bring them home. Many foster kids run away from their foster homes. Within 8-12 hours, depending on your state you are considered a “runner” and the police start looking for you.
Seventh..the smurfs don’t have many clothes; in fact they wear the same dam thing every episode. Many foster kids have limited clothing; especially if living in a bad home, where “you have to wait for the check to get a new pair of sneakers” even though your toes are sticking out from all sides… Or sometimes you move and leave all your stuff behind, including clothes. ...it’s not very smurfy to be dressed in uncomfortable clothing or to not have at least a couple outfits to your name.
And lastly, and a real important element…smurfs are stunted in their development, just like fost er kids. They never grow. Kids in foster care if NOT provided with love and guidance and safety and stability do not grow into productive, healthy adults. Look at me…I am still a child developmentally in many ways; as well as stunted educationally, emotionally, and spiritually. Stunted in foster care…
As the 2-hour marathon ended, I turned off the TV and looked to see if I had turned blue…my skin had not turned blue, but I felt more “blue” — thinking that something as wonderful as a creative and innocent cartoon could cause me to think about my life in foster care. I look forward to the day when that no longer happens…
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