How about we would finally dedicate a whole day in each and every country to The Forgotten? The ones nobody talks about it anymore. The orphans, the ones without family, don’t they deserve a special day as well?
Many of us were lucky and grew up surrounded and cared for by loving family. Others were not so lucky, they grew up in the middle of a dysfunctional family…still we made it; someone was there to help us on the way. In my case it was my Grandmother, others were taken in by distant family members or siblings.
But how about the unlucky ones, the ones that got thrown into a questionable foster care system or worse, the ones waiting in an orphanage for the right family to come by. The ones we all have forgotten, because they don’t belong to anybody.
Most cities have more than one orphanage, there are more; still most of us can’t even name one location. We don’t know where they are located, it’s like they are hidden from us. Like we would be ashamed they even exist. They don’t fit in our perfect world. That’s why I call them The Forgotten.
A Day for The Forgotten would make us all more aware of a situation, that’s stays hidden and unmentioned right in front of our eyes.
I see fundraisers for animal shelters, for sport teams, for the homeless, for the veterans, but I have never seen one that had been held for an orphanage. I see advertisement for hungry children in other countries and we are asked to give money, but I have never seen one for our own children, the ones that are waiting to be loved just a few miles from where we live.
I would like a day for “The Forgotten”, a day of awareness what’s going on around us. Maybe then they wouldn’t be forgotten anymore.
Many countries celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why?