She has the precociousness of children who have known great suffering all their lives. And the anger. And the pain. This, in a nutshell, was the opinion of Elenita's psychologist, who testified this week after the girl's birth father. You could call this testimony the summation of all the abuse visited on her by her parents from the day she was born: an angry child who bites her classmates and pulls their hair (the same abuse practiced on her by her mother) and who has panic attacks every time she is forced by the Court to visit her birth father; for she lives in dread fear of being returned to his custody or her birth mother's.
This is what the two monsters from Cabaiguán have done to the child of Joe and María Cubas, the people that Elenita and her brother call "father" and "mother."
Not enough has been said — in fact, nothing has been said — of their love and sacrifice for these children, great in itself but even greater when contrasted to the birth parents' endless inhumanity.
Elenita presents all the problems, all the issues and all the challenges that a child raised in her circumstances cannot avoid. Wealthy people like the Cubases don't need to encumber themselves with such problems. Adoption, which offers few possibilities to prospective parents of average means, offers infinite choices to them. They did not have to adopt children with special needs, what the heartless call "damaged children" but should more accurately be called the victims of damaged parents. They did not need to spend a million dollars in lawyers and psychologists in the slim hope that their foster daughter will not be forced to resume her life of abuse with her birth parents in Cuba. But, thank God, that they could and did!
Raising children, whether one's own or somebody else's, entails a lifetime of commitment and responsibility; but in Joe and María, the disposition to accept this responsibility, which God thrust on them, unasked and unexpected, bespeaks rare compassion and uncommon goodness.
[Do not neglect reading the 2 part of the previous article, which has just been posted].