I sat in the lobby of the court room. Surrounded equally by weeping women, stoic men, shell shocked children and lawyers frantically running back and forth.
"Anyone need a duty lawyer today?" 15 hands go up.
There were familiar faces. Smiles exchanged. Glances met and avoided. Lives laid open before a judge. Names revealed. Personal details. Accounts of failures and successes. Stories I do not want to know. Stories I want to forget.
The legal connection between parents and children severed or restored.
I sat. I heard my name called and my intentions stated. Papers filed.
We were told to come back in a month.
Lives resting on the balance of the scales of justice.
One moment of one day surrounded by 1000 moments on 1000 other days.
When I was a social worker I sat through too many of those moments. I often wonder if I will one day have the compassion, strength, and heart to go through it as a foster parent.
The jury is still out on that one.
Sigh... May you know the strenght that God promises each step along the way. Praying here!
Praying... for the babies & for your hearts...
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