Little Walter asked the Dudette why he was with us and why his visits had been cut. She called me into help and frankly I tap danced like Gregory Hines. The first thing I made abundantly clear was that none of it, zero, is his fault. I explained in broad strokes that BM was unable to care for him and expressed that the former foster homes both said good bye to him for no fault of his own. Which is the god’s honest truth.
Then I told him he’d always have a home with us. Even if he returned to his BM, lived with her for 10 years then needed a home he could call us and we’d come get him. He said, “what if I don’t have your phone number.” I just smiled and said, “you will always be able to contact us. We will always be there for you.”
He looked Dudette deep into the eyes and said that he couldn’t sleep. She advised perhaps sleeping on the floor was a bad idea. We moved to the bed and he was out in 15 minutes.