Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Today I read a blog by BILLPHIL, and it brought to mind that I have a similar problem, but not so close to home.
I have become "Grandma Nina" to a 10-year-old girl from a similar situation. She's not adopted, but living with another disfunctional family with two girls to whom I've become "Grandma Nina." She has such a wall built up around her, and her behavior is atrocious as a result of her upbringing, that I think only love will help her to realize that she is an okay person. She has many, many problems at school, with friendships, with obedienceŚwell, you get the picture.
I'm 75 years old.. I have learned a lot in those years. I was a substance abuse counselor at one point in my life. But I feel if I can just use that wisdom, and the love I have for children, to help this one child, my experiences will have been put to the best use possible.
My heart breaks for all three girls, But they are resilient and strong, and I feel they have the potential to rise above their upbringing, if they can just get a glimpse of what life is like without the drugs, boyfriends, sickness, and all that goes with that lifestyle. And in my mind, that means helping them find their Lord and Savior, and teaching them how good life can be if they follow the teachings He taught.
I love all three. I guess that's what "Grandmas" do best.