Posts Tagged ‘family’

Lines of Authority

July 2, 2017

That title sounds a bit pompous, but it will suit. Anyhow, here’s another of those occasional non-geekery related posts that crop up on here. Come to think of it, it will actually seem pretty geeky to some, but it’s geekery of an altogether different order than the fare that usually makes its way onto my WordPress.

There’s a curious little card in my wallet that’s been there since the Clinton administration, one which I obtained from my late father. Upon this card is the following information about myself and the men that have gone before: (more…)

In The News: Mowgli, She Ain’t.

August 10, 2008

The Girl In The Window
The girl in the window – St. Petersburg Times:

On a more serious note, this is a fascinating article about what more or less amounts to the extraordinary efforts that a kindly couple  are making to raise, educate and socialize a feral child.

Now, feral children generally have zero chance of ever becoming remotely functional, since some incredibly important wiring happens in their brains during the time in which these children are isolated – wiring that won’t take place without social interaction, affection and encountering language in use.

This couple took the girl in, already knowing of her condition. They have valiantly soldiered on and cared for her, shown her affection and sent her to school. Given how little can usually be done with feral children, they’re making incredible, albeit small, progress. She’s already developed more ability than it was supposed that she would ever be able to. I’m sure that a part of that is that the family treats her as a human being and that they have a son that’s just a year older than her so she can be with somebody that’s at about the developmental stage that she would be at if she hadn’t been confined to a closet for most of her life.

The bit about how she’s doing in speech therapy is remarkable, to me.

There is a bit about the father that I find highly touching: “He hopes, one day, she might be able to call him ‘Daddy,’ to get married or at least live on her own. But if that doesn’t happen, he says, ‘That’s okay too. For me, it’s all about getting the kisses and the hugs.’

What’s really horrifying is that this happened under the nose of authorities that were notified, repeatedly, of the horrible conditions in the girl’s original family’s home. Naturally, they weren’t aware of the full situation, but it’s still horrific. Plus, when she was offered help the mother refused it. So eventually the girl  had to be taken away and institutionalized, until a family became aware of her and offered to take her despite all of the reasons that exist to dissuade adopting a child like this.

Now, the girl finally knows her own name. That’s a start.