Overheard on the #72 bus: ‘I left with my ID and the clothes I was wearing’

12 Dec

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: The #72 bus from the U-district to downtown was jammed. People were hanging on every available strap. Moi doesn’t know what drew her attention to the young woman. Maybe, it was the cherubic face that radiated a complex duality of hope and terror. Maybe, it was the fact the cherubic face topped a pudgy body clothed only by a thin burgundy hoodie over jeans. She was talking to a tall guy with a “Real Change” badge. “Real Change” is the newspaper that homeless people sell in Seattle. Moi caught a glimpse of him when he turned slightly to get more comfortable on the crowded bus.. He was tall with a scraggy beard, an earring, and a bearing which indicated too much trouble had come his way over the years. He asked her where her coat was. “I don’t have one,” she said. She continued, “ I left with my ID card and the clothes I was wearing.” She described a home life of abuse, psychological attack and deprivation. She came from a family who constantly walked that tightrope which on one side was having enough to make it at the other fringes of society and on the other side falling into the valley of despair. She escaped a bad foster situation, today. But, escaped to what? They were headed to a social service group to seek help.

Lindsey Getz has written the enlightening article, Aging Out of Foster Care:

In most states, the transition from foster care to the “real world” is abrupt: When a foster youth turns 18, he or she suddenly goes from being part of “the system” to being on his or her own. This transition can be rough.   http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/031912p12.shtml


March/April 2012 Issue

Aging Out of Foster Care
By Lindsey Getz
Social Work Today
Vol. 12 No. 2 P. 12

Today, moi thanked God that she had a coat.

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