This past Tuesday at 1pm, a judge made the decision as to whether Goldilocks, the three-year old cutie patootie we have been fostering should return home to her family or continue to grace us with her presence a little while longer. Days before, while sitting in the hospital room and thinking about the upcoming court date, I asked my Mom if she would be okay if the judge ruled she should return home and without hesitation she looked back at me and said, “Are YOU going to be okay?”
Up until that moment, I hadn’t had time to think about how my life would change if she returned home. I hadn’t processed the fact that I might walk up to the courthouse holding her hand, but walk away without it. I hadn’t thought about me being a creature of habit and how my entire daily routine would change in the blink of an eye. I hadn’t really thought if I would be okay. So for the last week I have started preparing myself for an empty car seat on the way home and I have been thinking a lot about if I would be okay.
Am I going to be okay with giving her one last squeeze before we go home in opposite directions? Am I going to be okay when I don’t hear the sounds of pitter patter feet coming down the hallway in the morning or not have her shadow next to mine as I water the flowers and feed the birds? Am I going to be okay not needing to add chicken nuggets, fruit snacks, and Tootsie Rolls (her favorite candy) to my weekly shopping list?
I think I would be okay but I won’t know for sure…at least not for another month. The 34 inch tall, blonde hair cutie who loves to swing for hours, take wagon rides around the block, and sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ before bed will still be doing it with me tomorrow. She stays…for now.
I ask that you please pray for her sweet Momma as she continues to work hard in order to get back on her feet. I know her Momma (and other family members) miss her dearly and reunification is in the best interest for this little princess.
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