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  •  I know about this issue all too well (7+ / 0-)

    as here in Macaca Country, also known as Non-Northern-Virginia, I have taken in two teenagers who had been thrown out by their parents. Both were first befriended by my kids, then became known to me. The first young man was living on the streets. He stayed on my couch for about two weeks, then my son set him up in a tent in our back yard. This sounds awful, but this young man wanted autonomy and some privacy. He managed to get a job, then bought a van and lived in it for a while. Now I am glad to say he has a good job out of state and is making a decent living. I have no idea how things are between him and his family, but I wish him well.

    The second person was a young woman who was born with characteristics of both sexes. Unfortunately the doctors decided she was a boy - she was only an infant and had no say in the matter. She was also living on the streets, though here in our small town the danger quotient isn't very high. I knew about her for nearly a year as my kids got to know her and told me her story. Then came the several times she had no where to stay, so she stayed on the sofa. That happened more and more until she lived with us for a year. Her story isn't as happy as the young man's because she is obviously "different" and her health is quite bad. I understand she and her mother have worked some things out, and she is living near her now, so she has a backup.

    The blatant cruelty in these cases baffle me. I couldn't stop loving my children, or kick them out even if they killed someone! I'd grieve, and know they were ill. But by God I'd go visit them in prison and tell them how much I still loved them!

    One final story. I have an old friend who became very right-wing Christian. She attends a whack job church, and does whatever the Right Reverend Billy Bob Bumfuck tells her to do. When her daughter was 20 years old and newly married, she and her new husband thought they'd try another church. My friend and her husband were told to shun her daughter, and they DID! They wouldn't speak to her until she finally caved and came back to their little fucked up church. So they do it to their kids, straight or gay, in some churches. So sick and so sad.

    •  You deserve many kudos: (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Pirogue, Quinagin

      -for raising compassionate children
      -for your big heart
      -for sharing your home with those in need
      -for being a total mensch.


      It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

      by sboucher on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:13:33 PM PST

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