gave Amy a chance to work towards her masters. Steve would pursue his once Amy hadacquired hers.Victoria had entered the household not knowing what to expect after her first encounterwith a foster care home. She was very apprehensive; worried that she would have to go throughthe same ordeals she had with Irene; the humiliation, the going over the rules. She worried aboutwhat the rules would be this time. But as days flowed by, she found that she liked Steve andAmy a lot. Both would tutor her with her lessons. She liked how Steve and Amy shared all of thechores of the house. They seemed to be a happy couple. Neither one seemed to be in charge.
Unlike Irene’s house, they both seemed to share the exact same authority; the house belonged to both of them. As far as Lockharts’
rules were concerned, they had a very simple philosophy.
Victoria found that the only real rule was if you don’t want anyone doing something to you, thendon’t do it to them to anyone else.
Victoria found that one of the biggest things that helped her to feel welcomed was neitherone of her new foster parents made her feel as though this was all her fault. There were no
accusations or questions of her character. She didn’t feel as if she had been judged and was being
looked down on.
“We all make mistakes,”
said Steve on the first day after Victoria had been dropped off,
paperwork had been gone over, and Mrs. Crowley left, “Amy and I have made tons of mistakes.”
“We all have moments of poor judgment and are taken advantage of during thosemoments,” added Amy
“The key is, I believe,” said Steve, “Is that we recover and learn from those moments of weakness in judgment and move on.”
“You were a child and you were taken advantage of,” explained Amy in a caring tone.
“Now, is when we recover and move forward with
our lessons learned,” said Steve in a
compassionate and hopeful tone.She felt with each passing day as if she was truly becoming a family member. She liked
their attitudes and how they talked to her. It had been the first time in her life that she didn’t
feelas if she was this horrible thing. She felt as if a major weight had been removed from her. It was
as if she had been reborn. It was as if today was the first day of Victoria’s existence; the past had
happened but it was over, time to move forward. They seemed genuinely concerned with her.
She didn’t know what to make of it. They were actually concerned about her feelings, about
helping her to feel comfortable in their home. They seemed very interested in helping Victoriafeel that it was her home as well. Both of her new foster parents treated her as if she had been avictim. They treated her as if she was not a guess but part of the family. She liked it.