Thursday, April 8, 2010
Solve This. Please?
Now. I think of gardening. I am even obsessively checking my seedlings and digging and weeding. It's my current religion. It's (dare I say it?) mindless. Mindless affection poured on the ground and mama pancha. I also lavish her with my angst of the day, but she doesn't seem to mind.
It reminds me of when people say, "Give it to Jesus." Since that never really worked for me, I give it to Earth.
And here's the question that I gave her today...
How does one give direction to a seventeen year old girl with the following skills:
1. a two year old child;
2. a ninth grade education;
3. a foster home which will terminate in October;
4. a mentally ill Father;
5. a Mother that lives with a pedophile;
6. ummm, that's it. and those are the good parts.
I chose to take her to every military recruiter in town today. Seemed a good idea at the time. WRONG.
She took a practice military entrance exam and made a 7/100. Yes. A 7. (And she's more functional than most of my child clients...) She must score a 50 to be "accepted" to the Army, Navy, or Marines. It takes a 65 for the Air Force. The only way that they will accept someone with a GED is with fifteen college credit hours. Oh, and btw- no single parents.
The economy they all said. We can now have a "more professional military."
Job Corps split Tennessee, as you know. Murder was the cause.
DCS will stop paying for foster parenting in October. And GED classes.
Solve this. Please?
I have some other puzzles to put out there- so let's do our best to continue this conversation...