Days like today, I cannot help but think of the woman who ran away from the hospital when you were born to her. She must have been very frightened...possibly on purpose by the doctors. Maybe they lied to her about your survival, or your worth. Maybe they just didn't know better.
I don't hold it against her. I have a great deal of compassion for her, in fact. That Theo was neglected is the fault of an outdated and morally bankrupt system. It hurts kids. It hurts familes. I'd like to help change it.
But through the outright rejection, the undeserved abuse and neglect, Theo has stayed emotionally open. He's damaged (if you only knew), to be sure...but he loves without reservation, without fear. He is my inspiration. I want to be like Theo when I grow up.