My memory is vivid. Her eyes moved evasively across our dirt-smeared faces and scanned our meager outfits. Disapprovingly, those eyes formulated an opinion before we even had a chance to speak. One by one she would pluck us from the line and dismiss us like we were disposable. The torture of being an orphan was enough of a burden for a child, but living with the knowledge that each of us was special was even worse. Not one of the couples who came to see us would spend the time to engage us in life, to let our unique qualities shine through the filth that we were subjected to each day. I vowed to myself that, if I survived this Hell, my life would be about substance and not an outward facade.
The path I followed was no surprise to me. The girls who live in my child care facility today feel empowered. They are not concerned with their appearance as much as they are focused on the woman they wish to one day become. I took my hopelessness and gave them hope. I took my loneliness and gave them a loving home. And I took my experience and gave them a chance to see themselves through their own eyes and not the eyes of a stranger.
Written for the Trifecta Weekly challenge:
PLUCK: (transitive verb) 1: to pull or pick off or out 2 a : to remove something (as hairs) from by or as if by plucking b : rob, fleece 3: to move, remove, or separate forcibly or abruptly 4 a : to pick, pull, or grasp at b : to play by sounding the strings with the fingers or a pick
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