May 31st 2012
6 year old Marie Therese weighed in at 24.5 lbs and was 34.5 inches in height when she came to us 4 years ago. Therese was insecure, as could be expected of anyone in her circumstances. She had no control over what was happening to her. She didn’t know why she was chosen and put into the group that she was. She saw friends and other kids being separated into other groups and then loaded into various vehicles. Therese didn’t know where she was being taken or if she’d ever see anyone from her “home” again. She was angry. She was sick. She wanted to gain control over something. To cope with her helplessness she fought back. Therese was mouthy, rebellious, and aggressive in many ways. She bullied the other kids. She needed to feel she had some power in over her life.
“Now abide, faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” Corinthians 13:13
Now - A Force to be Reckoned With
These days no one would dare to try and tear her down! Her confidence and strength combine well with her heart melting soft side. The side of her that’s just a little girl craving a parent’s affection. Every so often she will slip under your arm and wrap it around her, or slide into your lap for a cuddle. She’s a lanky pre-teen now, tall, solid, strong, and healthy, but she has the innocent heart of a young child yearning for acceptance and to be someone’s favorite. She’ll step on every one of your toes and nearly pull your shoulder out of socket to get close to you, but its worth the pain. Therese can hold her own in any situation and knows her unique place among her peers. This tough life has fed her her own share of pain and injustice and Therese has used it to positively shape her character. Rather than using her difficult past as a crutch she chooses to soar.