Sadie, (4), did not have a book of fairy tales so I bought one at Ramstein Air Base. We snuggled on the couch after Jack (2) was in bed and I read to her, "Hansel and Gretel."
What an awful story! There is a father who lets the evil step-mother take his kids out into the forest to abandon them to the wolves. The kids meet a witch who is a cannibal. After weeks of mistreatment, Gretel saves the day by shoving the old witch into the oven where she dies an awful death. When the kids find the jewels and head home they learn their wicked step-mother is dead. Hansel and Gretel then gleefully share their riches with their old man who should have been thrown in the dungeon as an accomplice to attempted murder.
Stories for children are sometimes dark. And, today's real life stories are often dark.
While I have been gone I have been working for Lilly. She was taken for no good reason. Progress is being made. Susan Dryfus, new DSHS head, does seem to have the right philosophy...Families First. Her test will be how she deals with the establishment she inherited. Can she implement the law? Her test will be to remove her road blocks.
Will Lily make it out of the forest? Will she be unharmed? (Not a chance on the second question.) You can bet all the jewels in the world couldn't heal her problems created from childhood trauma.