1 March, 2012
An open letter from Sheila to her foster son at the time, DJ, after she had first met him (view DJ’s full story here):
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday. You were dressed like a little old man, in your khaki pants and white polo shirt. Running up the front steps, coat flying behind, your first words to me were “You got any kids?” Unhappy with my answer, you blew past me into the house.
At dinner you said “Maybe I could live here.” I asked you why you might want to live with me. Your answer is etched in my mind: “It smells fresh in here, and you have those ‘twinkle lights,’ and ‘this,’” holding up an oversized paper clip.
That night you tried everything in your arsenal of kid tactics to convince me you should be able to watch an inappropriate movie, including your now infamous argument, “I’m a grown man.” When that proved unsuccessful, you tilted your head away from me, with tears in your eyes, and said you hated me.
Looking as though you were testing the words for the first time, you simply puffed them in the air. I couldn’t help but smile.
That was the moment I knew…I had fallen in love, and we were going to be just fine!
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