There is a void that exists in every child without parents. In every person who lost a dear one to death. In every mother or father without child, despite a longing. That void, taught me something today. And although I had heard its whisper before, I didn’t like what it said. So I never listened. … More Void Categorized Relationships
One day, you found out I no longer call you “mom”. You found out I call you by your name. The day you discovered this, you sent me a message telling me that out of respect, I need to call you “mom” when talking to you or about you to others. You told me that … More You Can’t Make Me Call You “Mom”
Everyone grows up. Everyone grows up differently. Everyone grows up learning different lessons that shape who they become (to a certain extent). In some cases, some people need to re-learn the lessons they learned as a child in order to become the person their heart whispers to them that they truly are. *** I grew … More My Journey with Traveling: Re-learning what I was Taught.
A short personal reflection written for Adopt 4 Life: Ontario’s Adoptive Parent’s Association. May 15, 2015. My Name is Jessica. I have grown up sharing my story. I have shared my story with the Radio, newspapers, community events, television programs, award ceremonies, publishers, teachers, friends, extended family, youth in care and advocacy groups to … More My Journey with Trauma Alongside Me
A bag of chips sat on a shelf in a grocery store – Until, someone bought it, and another bag. Different flavours. The bag of chips heard the person buying them, say that they didn’t know if the boy would eat them, but that they remembered him saying they were his favourite kinds – he … More A Bag of Chips
Tomorrow is May 14th. As of three years ago, May 14th has been declared Child and Youth in Care Day as this is a population that deserves to be celebrated as often times, the opposite occurs. Sadly, there is an unwritten, automatic, preconceived idea that due to the trauma children and youth in care experience, … More May14th and University Degrees
There is a theory named the 40 Developmental Assets. The idea is, is that there are 40 major assets found in a healthy child or adults life. The more assets the child or adult has, the more likely they are to be better connected to their community and display positive development physically, emotionally and psychologically. … More My Journey with Friends. Then to Now. None to Some.
Dedicated to my partner. The Special Person in my life. Once upon a time, There was a little girl who ran away. She ran away from the loud voices, the mean words and the people who would hurt her sometimes. You see, the girl, even though she was a little big, was still little. She … More The Running Little Girl Who Stayed