Gilbert Middle School, Gilbert
Dear Michael Buckley,
When I was in 3rd grade I came home from school on a cold January day and saw the police at my house. I went inside and was told to go into my room and watch TV. I waited what felt like hours but was really only 45 minutes before I was told I could come out. I was the instructed to pack a bag and say goodbye to my mom. When I asked why, all they said was that my mom was in trouble with the law. I then went to live with my grandparents.
In the Sisters Grim series when Sabrina’s and Daphne’s parents disappeared on a cold day, I instantly felt a connection. They had been moving from place to place from foster home to foster home just like me. They also lived with their grandparents. But they did something I never did when they went to live with their grandparents. They never stopped believing that their parents would come back and everything would go back to normal. But I stopped believing that a week after I went to live with my grandparents.
When I went to live with them, my mom would call every day and I thought everything would go back to normal, just like the Grimm sisters did. But then one night my mom didn’t call. I just thought she forgot but then she didn’t call the next day or the next. So I tried calling her. I called her like 10 times but she never picked up. Now I’m in 6th grade. For years she never called. Then when I’m in 6th grade she calls. I guess 3 years later she finally wanted to talk to me. I now talk to her every week. Something’s still missing though. During that 3 year time what made her change her mind? I want to ask her, but I just never do. Maybe I’m not going to like the reason or maybe I’m not ready to ask. Who knows? Maybe I never will be.
I now know thanks to you that there is always a chance for something good to happen. It may be good; it may be bad. You also helped me hang on to that one thing I was loosing my grip on. That one thing was hope. You helped me do this by letting me know that the chances for change are always great. Thank you.