I’ll get more into the background of this story later, but I wanted to take a moment for this:
I was at my friend’s house this evening and while I was putting my shoes on, her little girl was off in another room, probably in another world — one where there’s Little Ponies, Barbies, princesses and Kipper the Dog. I turned to open the door and the little munchkin streaked through the house hollering “Mari! I need a kiss!” as she threw herself at me.
After I picked myself up off the floor….
(Ok, so that statement was slightly exaggerated.)
…..this thought went through my mind:
It’s moments like this that make everything I’ve experienced trying to help her stay healthy and safe worth it.