She's 44 years old and still looks that great.
Ah, the life of a super model!
Paulina Porizkova came to the Community Partners of Dallas 3rd Annual Chick Lit Luncheon today. This is a fantastic luncheon -- even worth coming into town for, if you don't live in Dallas. Every year, CPD brings in an author of "Chick Lit" to speak at a ladies' luncheon, which serves as one of their fundraisers. Paulina did a great job talking about the inspiration for her novel, A Model Summer, and then dished the dirt for us as all 500 women clamored to ask questions. Truly a fun afternoon.
And I should have left the event happy.
But I didn't.
In fact, I cried all the way back to the office.
Because of the reason for the luncheon. 16,000 reasons for needing to raise money. 16,000 children in Dallas County who are introduced to Community Partners of Dallas every year. (And you only get that introduction if you have been neglected or abused.)
That comes out to 43 children a day.
About 2 children each hour.
Community Partners of Dallas is a mind-blowing, amazing organization that partners with Child Protective Services to care for case workers and help them provide necessities for the children they call on. They provide financial assistance to relatives, so that kids can stay with family members instead of strangers in the foster system. They have bedrooms where kids can curl up with a stuffed animal in the middle of the night, when they've been taken from their house and are awaiting a foster family. CPD helps educate Moms and Dads, so they can be responsible members of society and responsible parents. They make sure kids have shoes and deodorant. And Easter baskets and Christmas presents. And warm coats in the winter. They have a storyline that kids can call and hear someone read to them -- something our children take for granted.
CPD gives children hope. And something to smile about. And a glimpse at normalcy. And a childhood.
But for me, going to a lunch and making a donation is not enough. My heart aches for these kids. I don't know what it's like to live that life. But I know what it's like to be loved by a Mom. And I know what it's like to be a Mom who loves her child. And I believe that everyone deserves to know that.
I wrestle with God a lot that life has not allowed us to move into Fostering. He's made it very clear that He has put this part of our life on PAUSE. And once again, I asked Him today, "What can I do eliminate this hell for even ONE child?"
I don't know that answer. But I do know that when I think about these kids, what I do for a living, what I have, or who I know means absolutely nothing. The truth is that what I do is grieve for these children, and what I have is a lot of room in my heart, and who I know is the One who sees even what the smallest bird is doing during the day. And with those things, I want to make a difference.