When someone seems to be interested in my story, I may mention my orphanage experience. With the excitement that’s in my voice when I talk about those days they are usually taken back by the love I have towards it. Here is my explanation as to why the orphanage was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
It was a nice summer day when my mom woke me up and told me we will be going to the grocery store. As soon as we were done getting ready, we headed towards the bus station. That was when I knew that we were not headed to the grocery, because the grocery store is only a block away from our house. Something unusual was about to happen. That was the day I found out that the judge decided to place me in an all girl’s orphanage.
As I set my first few steps into Lar Da Infância Tereza De Jesus, my heart ached knowing that I will be leaving my family behind. Many emotions went through my head, but the main one was feeling unwanted by my own family. At that moment, I was more than ready to deal with the physical and emotional abuse from my family rather than having to leave them.
You know those tears that you just have no control over, and those hiccups that follows? Well that sums up my first couple days. As my anxiety toned down, I began to communicate with all the other 30 girls and caretakers. Soon they all became my family.
But no one was like Tia Morena.
If I could use all of the words that described love. She would be the ultimate definition. If it wasn’t for her selfless love, I would have never healed as quickly as I did. She loved me completely, my battered, uneducated, lost seven year old self. No matter what condition any child came to her door steps, she loved you, and she loved you hard.
This wasn’t just a job for her, she made us into her family, her husband became my first father figure and her son has always felt like my big brother. She gave her life up for countless other girls before I entered in, and even after I left. I can remember we would spend time bonding when she would have intense headaches, and I would always volunteer to be there to give her a massage.What she has done for me will never be repayable. With those wonderful memories to keep me grounded. I will never forget the way she called me her little Angel.
I hope that each and everyone of you that has gone through a tough patch, have encountered someone that has changed your life for the better.
Who would be that person for you?