Monday, June 10, 2013

Presence of an Angel

This is an emotional photo for me to post. 
I’ve spent the past 14 years trying to help and protect my oldest daughter India who is helpless. We’ve been taken advantage of by charlatans masquerading as caring interventionists. And found ourselves in the confusing position of shielding India from terribly destructive family members who’ve acted with complete disregard for her wellbeing.

I’m one of the few fathers in the state of New Mexico who has been awarded full custody and there was a very good reason it came to be.

This picture brings tears to my eyes every time I see it because my child has been through hell. Yet this little girl who at times sobs while I hold her because of absolute frustration with a body that won’t cooperate as she watches her peers dance and play, is also blessed every now and then with the presence of an angel.

This photo is of India and an angel “Sherri”. This amazing woman, who was an aid for the school system, paid not enough money to live on, stood up and protected my child as if she were her own. Despite the school admonishing, pressuring and even placing an undeserved and spiteful letter of reprimand in Sherri’s record, continued to shine and show her integrity. She looked out for my child regardless of the impact on herself.

To tell you this is rare would be the understatement of the century.

This is a photo I took of Sherri and India during India’s last year in Las Cruces. They didn’t know I was taking photos – this is their relationship.