Source: The Patron Saint of Care Leavers
A cynic I don’t want to be but how can I conceive
To speak out was my duty
But I was not believed
By those meant to prevent the harm
That steal’s a person’s youth
Who failed to raise alarm
So, come on care leavers and care givers too
Our collective voice will reveal
The ones who knew…
Together we can influence the need to see
Care should not cause more trauma
For you or me
The prove it game has taken toll on me
I tried to make them hear the truth
They just didn’t want to know
That hidden in the archives
These wrongs are there to see
So why is law broken by evidence retained
When there can be no doubt
If silence has a higher value
To those who failed to act
Truth will remain contained
Lisa Cherry starts the journey of her life with a quote from Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003):
All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of the handler. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces beyond repair.
A sort of Philip Larkin for the neglected child. But a fitting quote that begins Lisa’s own fucked-up-ness childhood into care leaver story.
Lisa had a ‘burning desire’ to write a book and began her writing journey through blogging, something she loved to do. Something that became part of a cathartic healing process.
For a long time I have felt that I had many stories to tell: stories that would heal the wounds left over from years of therapeutic intervention, 12 step programmes and self help books galore.
Once started on…
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Why bother? …. these are the words of a young person living in a children’s home where I worked. I wore a sliver necklace in those early days, the pendent was a question mark, she said it summed up her life. I named this place ‘Why Bother Land” a place where children go when they have no hope and see no future.
To lead children to a better place the care giver needs to know the way.