Saturday, February 03, 2007

A promise made; a promise kept #1

A promise made…
About three months ago, a young friend of mine left home for a new life in the US. I was worried about what she would find there away from her usual habitat. Fortunately, she is now living with a caring family who look upon her as their daughter.
She said that she had to get away from home and three days after her 16th birthday, she travelled half-way round the world on her own to start afresh. She left secretly early one morning, took a train to the airport and then on to New York where she had to get another flight to her destination. She did this unaided by her family and personally, I thought it was a fine example of initiative.
Before she went, I promised her that I would always be there if she needed anything and we are regularly in touch via the Internet and ‘phone. She left this country with one suitcase and £85 in her pocket; no mean achievement for such a young girl!
I do not wish to go into the ‘why’s and wherefores’ of her leaving home. Suffice it to say that she is far happier where she is now than at any previous time in her life.
There is, however, a down side at the moment. There are those who would not wish to see her succeed in trying to forge a new life and they are a constant thorn in her side. This young girl was the victim of abuse from a very early age and her only hope of release was to move away from the past. It hasn’t taken her long to become part of her new community and she is being warmly accepted by them.
All she wants to do now is to get on with her life in a stable and loving environment. All I want is for her to be happy and safe and I am determined to do anything it takes to see that she has every chance of rebuilding her shattered life!

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