Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lunchtime conversation

This is all my fault.
But I had to do it...I was looking out for myself.
I didn't want to get hit.
He hits my mom all the time.
He mostly hits my sister too.
It's all my fault though.
That we got separated.

(You and your sister?)

No. Me and my mom. It's all my fault.

(No sweetheart. It's not your "fault". You didn't do anything wrong. You were very brave. Your mom wasn't keeping you safe. You did the right thing. You don't deserve to get hit.)

I had to do it. I had to protect myself.
I'm not safe when I'm with my mom.


Meg0422 said...

That makes me so sad.

jendoop said...

That's the thing about taking in older kids, you get the story bit by bit from their perspective. Which tells you loads more than any case worker.