She Overheard These Women Making Derogatory Remarks About A Family With Seven Kids. But Her Reply Made Them Regret It BIG-TIME.
I knew that they could see things differently now. I explained how I often got rude comments at the grocery store when I took my kids and used government vouchers (subsidies for food for low-income families and for kids in foster care).
We heard cruel comments like,”You shouldn’t have so many children if you can’t afford to feed them.”
One day after hearing this, my oldest asked me, “Mom, can we afford all this food?”She was truly bothered by these comments (we routinely spend three hundred dollars a week on groceries, after the vouchers).
I don’t explain it to strangers in the store because it would only hurt the kids even more. they all have come to dislike the “F word” (as in,foster), which not only makes them different, but also gives them a feeling of being unwanted or unloved. But many of our family and friends are teaching others not to he so quick to assume and judge. The ladies and I continued to talk for a while, and I showed them pictures of my seven kids.
We talked about the number of children in foster care in the United States, as well as in overseas orphanages, waiting to be adopted. It’ s incredible that there are so many children in need. In some way, she was right: the “problem” is that there are just “too many children”; too many who need to he loved and cared for—even adopted, not just for Christmas but forever.
The following morning, when I arrived at my desk, there sat two bags of Christmas gifts for “my” kids. It’s amazing how much people really do care when they really know.