I hope you find some peace after writing about this. It is a difficult position to talk about, as you so aptly outlined. You sound like a wise and witty person to me. I bet you could share your advice, kindness, and life experience with the next generation via your writing (and maybe in person, too, if you consider fostering kids, adopting kids, or mentoring someone else's kids). Thanks for sharing this essay!

9X Top Writer. Proud grad of CA public schools. Committed to justice & leadership development. Wife & mom of 2 girls & 2 big dogs. Love to eat almost everything