Mom Opens Her Door To 2-Year-Old Foster Child, Not Knowing 11 Minutes Later Her Heart Will Break
Katie Mooney 4/19/2017
Choosing to become a foster parent is a life-changing decision. Agreeing to bring a child (often with a challenging or hurtful past) to live in your home, for an undetermined amount of time, is something most people feel they simply could not do.
However, a foster parent may argue otherwise... Is it difficult to bring a child into your home who you do not know? Sure. Is it terrifying to fall in love with a child, knowing you'll eventually say goodbye? Most certainly.
But, the joy felt by bringing love, safety, and security to that child, even if only for a short time, is utterly life-changing.
One foster mom shared two words spoken by the toddler she welcomed into her home - disturbing words that instantly brought tears to her eyes.
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Jamie is a God loving woman, a wife, a mother - and a foster mother. She recently shared her story on Love What Matters - beginning her post with,
"She walks in confidently and with a smile. She knows the drill. In her two years of life, she's spent five months in foster care. In her five months in care, she's been in four different homes."
After greeting the toddler warmly, Jamie introduced her to her other children,
"The other kids are the welcoming committee, the tour guides, and the concierge service for our little residence ("You're here! Want to see your bed? Want a baby doll? Want a snack? I love you!"). They're the key to a new child feeling at home."
As beautiful and "routine" as the welcoming was, it was what happened 11 minutes in that broke this foster mom's heart...
Shortly after stepping into her new "home," a house full of people whom she had never met before - this two-year-old girl looked up at Jamie and said, "Look mommy!"
"To this little girl, "mommy" meant the female adult of the house, the lady who reached something you couldn't and refilled your juice. Having five "mommies" in five months, she hadn't yet had the chance to learn what mommy meant."
Jamie was made instantly aware that this young child, a little girl who had spent the past five months bouncing between families, had absolutely no idea of what it means to have a "mother."
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She went on to share what having a mom "should" look like,
"Mommy meant falling asleep on shoulders, kissing skinned knees, teaching ABCs. Mommy meant helping homework, whispering about friends, sitting outside dressing rooms. Mommy meant taking pictures at graduation, hugging on wedding day, cuddling grandchildren. Mommy meant security. Mommy meant commitment. Mommy meant life-long love."
Foster moms may not have the opportunity to provide that love for a life-time, but they do so when it's needed most in the child's life.
Hopefully this story will inspire others to consider the possibility of opening their homes, and hearts, to children in need!
Sources: Facebook/Love What Matters FB Image Credit: Facebook/Foster the Family