I’m still thinking about the girl from Thursday.
And I’m wondering whether she overheard an adult blithely say of her older brothers, “They’re probably dead by now.”
Not stopping to think about how those words would affect a young heart.
Where else would she have gotten the notion?
Adults may think, She’s adopted now, she is being provided a good life.
And leave it at that.
But her life didn’t begin with the adoption. There were already people residing in her tender little heart when she arrived. People she cannot forget. People to whom her heart is still connected.
And thank God she cannot forget them.
Thank God her heart is still soft.
But I saw a budding hardness in her pleading eyes.
And I’m praying that it will dawn on someone.
That children are not mini adults.
That they need answers and reassurances.
That no information is worse than unfortunate information.
And that we will all be better at respecting and protecting childhood.