A Plan

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Sitting at the dinner table celebrating an early 50th birthday for my husband.
Laughter rings around our family circle.
But it’s not the healthy kind of laughter.
It’s the laughter of falling back into roles honed through the years.
Dumb kid.
Smart aleck kid.
 Surely my two adopted kids have come farther than this.
But no. Graduation is coming up. Big event. Lots of people and stress.
Great celebration. But not theirs.
Let’s fall back into our comfort zone.
Let’s get bad attention.
Let’s play the dumb card.
  So I make backup plans.
 Four years ago at their sister’s graduation it was an ER visit with an undiagnosed panic attack the day before.
 It was nights without sleep. It was attention focused not on the graduate and her success.
But on the siblings with all the baggage.
Not this time. Not again. I have a plan. Another RAD mom.
No worries. Just sadness. Deep, heart wrenching sadness.
Will they ever break out of these molds for good and into God’s grace and design?
A wedding in four months. Another plan.
How many family memories will be missed because of their past and it’s grip on their lives?
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Comments

  1. oh honey….Im so sorry. Im glad you have a back up plan for both situations, just stinks that you have to have those. I know your pain!

  2. So, so sorry for all that RAD steals from us and from our children.

    We are gearing up for 2 weddings in July … plus 4 or 5 Big Kids moving home for the summer (to add to the 6 young ones that still live at home). Little Miss is already reacting to the changes … the transitions. She’s already “playing” (manipulating) the 1st Big Kid to move home. So. No. Fun.

    Walking this journey with you.

    Laurel

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