What’s in a name?

A counseling assessment was scheduled this week. I wanted to give little man a heads up so he didn’t think this was some other social worker coming to take him away. He asked what her name was and I told him, not thinking much of it. I forgot that one of his social workers on his team is named Amy. Dammit.

His eyes dropped to his lap and my heart sank as he asked me questions I had not anticipated from such a simple mention of a name.

What are the names of the new people in my new house? What color is the house?

I let out an audible gasp. It is heartbreaking to witness a 3 year old who has never known permanence, stability, or unconditional love.

Wooden educational toy numbers train
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2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. I hope you were able to help the little man understand that he wasn’t about to move home this time. I guess it will take some while before he can trust that he won’t have to change families again.


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