Everyone belongs somewhere. The key to happiness is recognizing that place when you get there.
Maven Morris has lost her way. A childless widow, she has no immediate family. Forced into a medical leave, she has no career. At loose ends, she hasn’t a clue what’s next for her.
Her neighbor, Paul Jordan knows what he wants—to move their friendship to a new level. Maven may not know what’s next, but she knows she has no interest in romance with anyone—not even her handsome neighbor.
When a young boy is abandoned in the city park, he touches Maven's heart. In spite of his obvious special needs, she agrees to provide a foster home. She has no idea the impact he will have on her—or the danger he brings to her doorstep.
“No, you can’t have him.” She clasped the boy closer, her arms tightening around her son. This wasn’t fair. She had so little. All she wanted was her child. She wouldn’t let him take her son.
The man looked down with what seemed to be compassion in his eyes, though she knew it wasn’t real. “Sorry, it has to be done. The sooner, the better.” His voice was soft, almost kind. “We can’t keep him any longer. He’s just too disruptive. It’s not going to work out.”
Mustering all her courage, she glared at the boy’s father. “No. I won’t let you take him. I’ll make him be good. Please, give me another chance. I’ll make him listen. He’ll be good. I promise.”
He shook his head. “It’s not your fault. Something’s wrong with him. He’s too much to handle.” His arms reached out and grabbed the boy. The child yelled and struggled to stay with his mother. His arms clung to her neck as she clutched him.
In spite of her best efforts, the man pulled her son from her grip. No words came from the boy, only a shrill keening sound—like that of a wounded animal.
She reached up and put her hands on each of his precious cheeks. He stopped screaming as her lips pressed against his for a moment. “Remember, I love you, baby. I love you. I’m so sorry.” Her heart broke as the boy’s father dragged him across the room. “Give him back to me.” How much more could she bear?
The wordless screaming continued.
The father opened the door.
Heartbroken, she crumpled to the floor, unable to follow them.
The man closed the door without another word.
Too soon, her son’s screams faded.
And then all she had was a memory.
Question 1: If you were in Maven's position, would you agree to foster a child with special needs? Why or Why not?
Answer 1: Depends on the person
Question 2: What do you think the real reason is that Maven doesn't want to date Paul?
Answer 2: She's afraid to get hurt.
Question 3: What's more important to a special needs child? Mothering or teaching?
Answer 3: Both are important, but all children need to feel loved and special.
Question 4: Do you think the school board is right or wrong for not rehiring Maven until she has a full recovery from the Bell's palsy?
Answer 4: NO--There's much more to an SLP's job than how well her mouth moves.
Question 5: What is Bell's palsy?
Answer 5: Inflammation of the facial nerves that causes paralysis, usually temporary but not always.