We should love all the children

There are many who struggle on a daily basis to take care of their families. There are children in our county who go to bed hungry, there are children in our county who have no bed. There are children who go to school with no supplies or without proper clothing.

At dinner last Thursday night at Old Mill, (Carter had the night off and didn’t have to cook), I looked across the table at our three year old grandson. He is, OF COURSE, a beautiful, highly intelligent, funny little boy. If you have doubts about my description, you can call his Nana. On one side of the “boy genius” sat his mom and on the other side sat his Nana. Also at the table were his Pop Pop, his PaPaw and me his GaGa. His dad was working late. I was again reminded how blessed we are that little boy is loved by so many people. From the moment my daughter and “favorite son-in-law” became engaged, the bond with Chad’s family was formed. We have grown closer over the years and his mom is truly another sister. We have laughed at weddings, birthday parties, and at life. We tried to sneak too close to the delivery room when the little bundle was born. We have cried at illnesses and deaths. We are always only a telephone call away. It is a great relief to know that my daughter has another set of parents to provide support if needed. Back to the “boy genius.” As we all sat together for dinner, he of course was the center of attention. This worked to his favor with extra ice cream each time one of us went for dessert. We have always gotten together at least monthly to spend time with each other. True, it usually involves food. In my grandson’s world, to have his parents and both sets of grandparents together is normal. Each child in our community relies on adults for their basic needs, like food, shelter, clothing, and love. Each deserves to be loved and cherished. Sometimes, families struggle to provide basic necessities. There are many who struggle on a daily basis to take care of their families. There are children in our county who go to bed hungry, there are children in our county who have no bed. There are children who go to school with no supplies or without proper clothing. There are children who would love to hug or word of encouragement. The last numbers I heard are that there are 200 children in Laurens County in foster care; there are only 20 homes. This is not in a third world country, this is in Laurens County. Don’t you think it is time we as a community work together to ensure each child is taken care of and feels loved? What can you do? Much, much more than you might think. If you feel a tug at your heart, call a church, call DSS, call someone to let them know you want to be part of the solution. Every child deserves to be loved and cherished. (Linda Gault lives in Clinton.)

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