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Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)
TITLE: Washing and Folding
By Maurice Armstrong
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“I wish we can just go back to the way things were.” “Henry and I were quietly enjoying our retirement.” “We have been “empty nesters” for the past two years.” “But, in my loneliness I felt the need to adopt a child.”
“Neither Henry nor I, had asked anyone for help in this venture, but Michael must have overheard our conversation.” ”Oh my God,” “What is he trying to do to me?” “This is much more than I can handle.” “I need help”!
“God has been gracious to us; our daughter and two sons are all grown up.” Michael our oldest was in his fifth year with a leading law firm, Sarah had just started her Dental practice at Brite White Dentistry, and Kevin our youngest was on his 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.” “He loves his military career.”
“In a recent custody battle, between two former classmates with whom Michael was well acquainted; the wife developed a serious brain tumor and died instantly.” “The husband felt guilty about his wife’s death, and he became mentally ill so that he could no longer take care of his four children. Melissa 4, Franklin 5, Sabrina 7 and Deandrea, who just turned 9.”
“Since there were no close relatives available the children were scheduled to be placed in separate foster homes.” Michael, pacing the floor as he considered the responsibility of caring for the children, enlisted me as their guardian.” With his big fancy words, he convinced the Judge that his mother would be the best person to look after the children.”
“At first, I thought it would be an excellent idea as Mary and Paul practically grew up in my house.” I was deeply concerned about the welfare of the children so I willingly accepted the task. ”But, after just two months I am ready to quit.”
“Michael”! I shouted; “I can’t do this anymore.” “Everywhere I turn there are pieces of clothes lying around the house; these children are so untidy it’s just too much, for me.”
He reaches out those long arms and with a big hug, he said, “It’s, okay mom,” “It’s okay,” “I love you, and I will do whatever it takes to relieve you of this burden, and yet you can still have the joy of being a blessing to the children.”
With tears of happiness and reassurance, they continued to hold each other closely as they talked about various possibilities for solving the problem, and to restore peace in the Hammond’s home.
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