If your 11 year old neighbor had a horrible home life and barely had anything to eat, would you let her hang out at your house?
My new neighbors have their 11 year old niece living with them. She's a sweet kid but it seems like she's been through a lot. Her mom died five years ago and I've gathered she's bounced around from relative to relative ever since. Her siblings live with different aunts and uncles and it seems she's not very wanted. Yesterday she told me she liked playing with kids, and she asked if she could come over and play with my daughter. Of course I agreed, why wouldn't I? My kid loves having people to play with.
She hung out most of the day down here. I've let her borrow DVDs and I even gave my old Twilight books. Then tonight she came down and said they'd gone out to eat and left her home alone. I fed her supper and she burst into tears and said her aunt hates her.
I feel really bad for this kid. And while it does inconvenience me a little to give her our food, especially when we have so little to begin with, it makes me feel good to help her out. I just hope her aunt doesn't get mad at me for helping her out. It just seems like she needs a buddy right now.
Would you do the same?