For the Love of Her Foster Child

A Foster Child Could Be Any Child ....

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One of the many attractions at the carnival. Several foster children in group homes attended.
One of the many attractions at the carnival. Several foster children in group homes attended.
My son, my nephew, and one of my ... nieces smiling for me at the carnival.
My son, my nephew, and one of my ... nieces smiling for me at the carnival.
My niece and -- her niece -- my great niece enjoying a ride at the carnival.
My niece and -- her niece -- my great niece enjoying a ride at the carnival.
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Relaxing while with son, my sister, and her family at a carnival.
Relaxing while with son, my sister, and her family at a carnival.
My son and I just relaxing at my desk inside my room.
My son and I just relaxing at my desk inside my room.

A Mother's Love

The morning air on February 12, 2007, Approximately 8:00 AM, was cool, and the ground around Sherry Blackwell's apartment building was pretty icy. Which meant she had to walk very gingerly towards her waiting cab with her infant -- foster -- son Tony safely secured within his 3-in-1 stroller and a small diaper bag around her right shoulder.

Sherry does not remember the driver or even which hospital she went to that day, because she has been going to hospitals and using car services for all of Tony's existence. What Sherry does remember about her ride to the hospital -- that early morning -- was how nervous she was about Tony's health, because Sherry was informed that Tony was born with only one kidney, and he had a tumor on his brain. What Sherry was concerned about and said to me was,

"My baby needed surgery .... He was too small ... he could die."

When Sherry finally arrived at the hospital she seemed okay until she realized that the mother was not going to show up. The hospital staff was willing to wait as long as they could, but soon everyone realized the mother was not going to show up. When Sherry finally got in touch with the birth mother the woman claimed that her transportation -- Access-A-Ride for disabled people -- did not show up. Sherry called Access-A-Ride to see if they would pick Tony's mother up, and she learned that they already arrived and the mother was a no show. Which, means if it is the client's fault Access-A-Ride does not have to make way to pick up the customer again.

Sherry was upset, because she worked out with Access-A-Ride, and the birth mother, how she -- Sherry -- would wait for the transportation service, and pay for the woman to get to the hospital and return home. Sherry also promised Tony's mother $10.00 for herself. Now, sherry had to return home, with her little one, without the child being pre-tested. It was mid afternoon.

When Sherry finally received a cab she was just grateful that she was picked up since the air began to become cooler. Added to Sherry's worries was the fact that Tony's mother seemed to be a woman that did not seem to be really concerned about Tony's health issues. She would party using the Access-A-ride bus, but she could not come to sign for an important procedure for her child. These thoughts distracted Sherry during her ride home in the cab with Tony lying asleep in his infant car seat. With her left hand gently touching him Sherry prayed that Tony would survive this.

When Sherry moved into her three bedroom apartment about a decade ago due to a fair-housing statue. Sherry jumped on the chance to move into an area where she could feel safe raising her two -- at the time -- children. The building was always clean, and the building's entrance door stayed locked. Unfortunately, some of the people who moved into the area -- over the years -- under the same fair housing statue were bad eliminates.

Slowly, the area changed. The cleaning was not done as regularly, the entrance doors were broken every two months, and when Sherry would order take out for delivery she had to start sending her teenage children down to the lobby for their food. Delivery services stopped coming into the buildings in her area, because the delivery people were getting beaten and robbed, for the food and their money. Her area became known as a dangerous area to do door-to-door service by all delivery people.

Sherry stopped taking or sending her children to the parks in her area. When they went out it was to relatives homes, amusement parks, etc. It usually cost her to take her children places just to keep them safe. Though her goal is to move into her own home ... she still lives in an increasingly dangerous area in Queens, and she and her children have to do their best to stay safe. Still, her only thoughts while in the car was, "Please let my baby be okay."

It is possible that the cab driver did not feel comfortable being in what he recognized to be a predominantly black section of Queens, NY. If he would have asked Sherry about her area -- once they arrived -- he would have learned she also was not comfortable with her area. once the cab reached her apartment building, and she paid him. He stayed in the car the whole time. Not once did her offer his help as he did when he picked her and Tony up from the hospital. He popped opened his trunk so Sherry could get her infant's 3-in-1 stroller out of it. meanwhile she had to keep her infant son in his car seat in the back of the car while she prepared the rest of the ... stroller. The driver had showed impatience, and even destine which showed when he cursed Sherry, and yelled for her to,

'get that thing out of my car!'

Sherry was too stunned to even think where that came from. It just bothered her that the driver had referred to her child as a thing . She returned to the car to retrieve her son. Once he was safely in her arms she angrily replied,

"I have not messed with you guys since 9/11." Refocusing on her child she safely placed her son into the ... stroller and carefully strolled her child over the icy pathway towards the left side of her double building. She refused to close the ... door, and when the driver got out of his car to close it himself he yelled,

"Black bitch!'

She ignored him as she carefully strolled her child over the icy pathway towards ... her ... building. Though a neighbor and two of his friends boisterously came out to help her after witnessing the verbal confrontation, Sherry confirmed that something happened when asked, but conveyed she was okay. plus, the driver seemed to speed away after he saw the three men.

Mentally and physically exhausted, from a very long and -- unproductive -- chilly day, Sherry could not even reach into her pockets to get her keys. She could smell chicken frying and was happy, because she was starved. She knocked on the door, and heard an unnaturally quick response. When the door opened, she saw four beaming faces and they all yelled,

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!"

Sherry was happy, and shocked, because she forgot that February 12th -- that day -- was her 38th birthday. In that brief moment, with the jubilant greeting from all five of her other children, they changed her day from misery to delight.



Names and dates are changed to protect the privacy of my subject's children, because in this day and age some people still put a stigma on foster or adopted children, and even on the motives of foster or adoptive parents.



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Comments 44 comments

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jtrader 2 years ago

There's a mix of good and bad in everyone, I think. However, some people make more of an effort to let their light shine and she seems to be doing so.

Voted up and beautiful!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Luvmygirlz,

I thank you so much for your kind words.

I think you -- and others -- are correct about my needing to write more about this subject.

I really need to map it out, and began writing something else. LOL. I wish I was being lazy about it, but I just need to make the time. Way too busy. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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luvmygirlz 5 years ago

This story tugged at my heart. Thank you for sharing this. Though it's a sad story it does need to be told. I agree with other comments here. You should do something more with this story and you are very inpirational. Keep up your good work.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Thelyricwriter,

The child is now adopted, and is pretty sweet.

Your praise is very heartwarming.

I thank you for your lovely comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I hate to hear such a sad story and I surely hope he wins his battle. You are very inspirational N E and you have a gift from God, which is your writing. You are strong willed and I respect that fact.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Your words are a true complement. I thank you so much for your praises.

The child is happily adopted, and a very sweet kid.

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I felt I was right there in the story. Great writing. I will pray for the child that he is healed completely and loved the way God intended. Bless you!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Zoey24,

Thank you so much for your comments.

The child has health issues still, but you would not know from looking. Also, the baby was adopted ....

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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zoey24 5 years ago from South England

I found this story so moving. I hope the little boy is doing well now. Voted up :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Well, Pinetreehugger, thank you for your very kind words.

Your words and your follow are truly appreciated.

You are right, I will not stop following people who follow me. How wrong is that? How rude is that? Please, anyone follows me, I am returning the favor. If my score goes to zero, well so be it. LOL. I really thought it would at zero by now. LOL.

I do not like hearing that your Hub score is also dropping. I just do not get it. Still, it would be my honor if we were placed as number #1 together.

I still I do not want your score to fall any lower. LOL. I do not like the thought.

I truly appreciate your ... support.

Take Care,

N.E.


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pinetreehugger 5 years ago from the far left hand side of the tropical rain forest, where no one else will dare go

Just wanted to stop by and tell you that I've seen the questions pertaining to how the hub pages is treating a veteran like you. You are very well liked, and don't let them change your habit of following others. I truly appreciate you following me, and I will forever follow you. That #1 on your hub score means to the rest of us that you are #1! My hub score is dropping as well, and hopefully one day I will be #1 just like you are. Peace be with you.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Kaye,

The baby is doing fine even with the continuous health issues.

I thank you so much for your praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Kaye McCulloch 5 years ago from Australia

What a lovely story, and good to know that the baby is doing fine.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Shyla's Nana,

Thank you for your kind words.

Tony -- not his real name -- is doing fine. Thanks for asking.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Shyla's Nana 5 years ago

Thank you for such a good story. I hope all is well in "Tony's" life as well as yours. Take care.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

I thank you, Instantlyfamily, for your lovely comments.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!


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instantlyfamily 5 years ago

It may seem that we are worlds apart..... but today, you touched mine. Thank you!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you so much for your praise.


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MoneyCreator24 5 years ago

Wonderful story.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello T.Elia,

I am sorry I took way to long to respond to your very touching story. I am happy that you have a great story about those who would help you that happen to be Black. People have a hard time trusting most Blacks here in America. That has everything to do with Slavery, and racism.

I truly thank you for your beautiful response.


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t.elia 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

A very sad and moving account of events. Glad the ending of that awful day was special for Sherry. I found that when I was on holiday way back 15 years ago in Florida it was the people from these areas who helped me the most and couldn't have been more helpful.I went on holiday to Florida a very hurt and fragile individual with a five year old child, the aim of this holiday was to try to eradicate horrendous and painful memories for the sake of my child. I hired a car and drive to Tampa Bay two days in a row, and the length and breadth of Orange County. If I needed help or was lost the people within the black communities went out of their way to help me and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Thank-you


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you for your kind words Reddog1027


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

A touching story. One i can certainly relate to.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thanks again for your comments Tom.

I am thinking about working on a series of stories dealing with Sherry.


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justom 6 years ago from 41042

You have a nice way with words, I enjoyed reading this hub. Peace!! Tom


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you for your kind words, Denizee, I have heard nothing but kind words concerning Sherry.

I am planning to write a series of articles on her with her foster and adoptive children.

Thanks again for your kind words.


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Denizee 6 years ago

Very touching story, very sad that this happens in our world - Where mothers are born without motherly instinct, where people feel so self-important and can't help others out when needed, and where unity is lacking preventing peace to rule the world. Whoever Sherry is - she is one brave, courageous woman with enduring qualities that stand out above all.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you Suziecat7 for your kinds words.

Yes, Sherry is a tough lady.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great Hub - you are a wonderful writer. Thanks for sharing this story. Sherry is a pretty tough lady.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Sherry is a pretty nice woman.


pastella13 6 years ago

I was drawn in to your story right from the start and had to keep reading. What a lovely lady Sherry is to be full of love for that little baby who needs and deserves loving. She's lovely.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Pamela, the agency had to override the birth mother on everything, and the foster mother had adopted the very happy child.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I do hope everything turned out all right for the foster son. I hope he was able to get the birth mother's approval for whatever he needed and that it was done soon.

Love can change lives and this foster child's foster mom has love.


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you, coffesnob, I appreciated your words.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Very moving story. Your writing style is inviting.

CS


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you all for your kind words.

This is one of my favorite stories, because I actually had to interview someone about a day in their life. It was fun, and yet moving.


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samiaali 6 years ago

Hi N.E. Wright, What a great end to a bad day. Thanks for sharing the story!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I was drawn into the story right from the start. You have a beautiful, flowing style of writing, Sherry sounds like she is a beauriful, stong, loving woman. That baby is lucky to have her. I loved the ending. It's the type she deserved but doesn't happen too ofter.

What a tradegy that the birth mother seems so detached from what is going on. There must be a way that Sherry can get help for her child without having to rely on her. I certainly hope so. Wonderful hub. Rated up and beautiful.


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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Oh what a beautiful ending to such a difficult day.

Thank you for sharing this .


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I can feel your passion in this Hub. Thank you for making it real!


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you jxb7076.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America

You have shared a very moving, touching, and realistic story. Keep writing!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

You are a very good writer. You should write a book on this subject, beginning with these characters here in this hub. Although it is a very sad situation, it needs to be told, just as the lady's story was told in the hub that I critiqued.


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raleyfamily 7 years ago

Nice story! I know that frustrated feeling as a foster mother. I left a comment to your last comment on my story, I don't know if HUB notifies people of those or not?

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