We all love Disney. They make the best kid movies. (Well, maybe not if you are a step mother. Those are always portrayed as evil.) Growing up, I pretended I was CinderSarah when my Mom made me do chores I didn’t like. True story.
Certain movie characters stick with me, even in cartoons. As soon as I saw Eeyore as a young girl, I loved him. He was so sad all the time while everyone just went about their day. Didn’t they see the poor guy suffering? At least that was the way my young brain saw it. I wanted to make him feel better, to comfort him. When Eeyore would come on the screen, my heart went out to him.
The same year Finding Dory came out, my girls and I were babysitting several families to raise money for Food for the Poor. One family had us watch their fostered and recently adopted 2 and 4 year olds. Yes, those little ones required a lot of energy, but we could take care of them together.
For many years, I had dreamed of either fostering or adopting, but it never seemed to be the right time. We didn’t have the room. The girls were young. I kind of hung up the dream. Then we moved to a house with a guest bedroom and time still didn’t feel right. I began to daydream that we would foster teens when our girls were grown, but that too sounded far fetched.
Once we babysat and I saw the girls’ ability to help and their enthusiasm to care for kids, I began to see Baby Dory in my mind. Her huge eyes stuck with me. She was separated from her parents in the movie and scared. Once again, I found myself just wanting to help a cartoon character.
It began to occur to me that this was the time to help other kids. There are Eeyores and Baby Dorys out there who need comfort and love, and we can give them that.
In case you are wondering, these stuffed animals are mine. They sit on my dresser as a reminder of my purpose and of the fact that I have been preparing for this next phase all my life. I will have the opportunity to comfort a child who has felt unseen. I will keep that child safe in the absence of their parents. I will love them and guide them while they are in our care.
Our family would love your prayers as we (finally) have been approved for foster care! This summer we may focus on respite care, and giving current foster families a break when they need it. We can ease in and see how it is done, and hopefully get a more permanent placement in late June or July. It is exciting and scary, but we can do it together. If I have learned nothing else from Disney, it is that things work out the way they are meant to.
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