Children's Home

After a few tries at foster care, I landed in Cottage 7 at the children's home.  I was at Cottage 7 for a year and then another campus after that until I was 18 and put out as an adult. I did also have a short stay at a shelter of another childrens home campus, but not long enough to call it 'home'.

I don't really know what to write about my experiences. I guess I could fill a book. I don't look at it as a negative thing really. There were negatives and positives. It made me the person I am today, which is a positive. It would take a lot to bring me down. Little things are just that, little things. I can have the world piling on me, I'm able to take it and not buckle. I get stressed, I get sad, I get angry, but I don't lose it. I'm strong and independent. I'm positive because life can be worse. I'm optimistic.

I just think it's a bummer that I can't find anyone else who has a background in common with me. I get 'poor you's' which are ridiculous. I don't want sympathy. If someone is talking about the shared experience of a bum prom, I can't jump in and talk about my prom- all I have is my background. I want to share my experience too without a 'poor you' but with a 'me too'. 

My background made me, and I'm ok! In fact, I'm more than ok- I'm stronger because of it. AND I've got interesting experiences. I wouldn't trade them, even if some suck. I am who I am. I like that.

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1 Response Mar 24, 2009

I haven't got a thing in common with you, but I admire your personality. I think that everyone should have that sort of outlook, because everyone has had their share of experiences that have made them who they are. I don't believe in laying blame because we are all free- thinking individuals on a journey to find themselves. <br />
It seems to me that you have found that. Just tell your stories with enthusiasm and tell people what insights and lessons you gleaned from them. Perhaps you will inspire someone else who does have those experiences in common with you.