Things Gone and Things Still Here (jette) wrote,
Things Gone and Things Still Here

Writer's Block: Improvised Parenting!!?!

Let's say you're a hobgoblin for 24 hours. What sort of havoc would you wreak? Or: If a baby of unknown origins suddenly fell into your care, would you keep it? What would you name it?

This actually happened to someone I have met. She was a staff girl at Camp Mather - a bit of a party girl who seemed to be of a humble background compared to the sort of spoiled youngsters that always seem to end up staffing there. Very cheerful and fun-loving but for some reason she always gave off an aimless, careless sort of attitude towards life.

She grew out of being a staff girl (they are generally university students, though I got the impression she was a community college sort of girl) and I missed seeing her. Then she came back the next year. She was still all smiles, but there was a maturity and gravity that she'd been missing before. I asked her where she'd been.

"One night, a girl who was a friend of a friend came to my door with her 2 week old baby girl. She said that (our mutual friend) told her I was a good baby sitter and that she really needed a night out and was going to a party. She thrust the baby in my arms and left.

She never came back. Not later that night, not the next day. I called (our mutual friend) who didn't have any information on her either. I called the authorities and they said if I was willing it would be preferable to keep her (the baby) with me rather than a foster care because there wasn't a good placement for her right then and she was already starting to bond with me. I was happy because I was already in love with her.

My boyfriend fell in love with her, too. We're getting married soon. In fact, he's with her back home so that I could come up to Mather for the weekend and get some rest, it's been a long eight months. The money for the lawyers has been worth it, our adoption is supposed to go through. We couldn't be happier with our daughter."

With that, she skipped off to play basketball with her old staff-mates. Her story leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but I wish her and her new family well.
Tags: babies, parenting, writer's block
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