Nor is it funny in the slightest.
A bit of a departure from my usually posts.
So if you are not up for it, I completely understand; pull the rip cord now.
Frankly, I am struggling with my words right now, even though words cannot truly express all that I heard and saw in our two consecutive days (approximately 18 total hours) of Foster Care training.
I know that saying "words cannot express..." sounds cliche and I apologize for that. Sometimes I do not mind a cliche, and even go for the cliche...but today is not one of them.
I am trying to go on with my life (because I have to) but my heart is hurting for all those children in the world...those children in THIS COUNTRY...who have crappy parents.
I don't know how else to say it: they have CRAPPY parents.
And right now my heart wants to help them all...but I know I can't.
If we can make a difference in the life of even one child, it will be worth all the time and trouble and effort to get to this point.
But I still want to help them all.
And even though I can't put it all in words, I do have something which may give you a glimpse.
In our class, we watched the video below. It doesn't have to do with Foster Care really at all, but it does demonstrate the cyclical nature of abuse, addiction and all those things we don't like to talk about.
How abuse of a child affects the adult whom that child becomes. It seems so logical, and yet people still abuse their children.
How does that happen? How does that start?
I still don't understand.
A few warnings before you begin: It is a long video...about 50 minutes. It sometimes is graphic in content and in language (so if little pitchers are nearby, I would suggest waiting to watch).
But if you watch the whole thing, I believe it will totally be worth your time and trouble. It demonstrates how a determined person can turn her life around.
And not only that, how she is helping others caught in the cycle of abuse.
Uplifting and a downer all rolled into one.
And I have to include the link...not the embedded video. It is on vimeo and Blogger won't let me upload it...even if I download it first.
(I don't know...maybe it will and I am simply too technologically inept to figure it out...but if you go to vimeo, you can either watch it through the website or download it for yourself.)
Here it is: http://vimeo.com/15851924
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