MUMMY TOLD ME NOT TO TELL
Reece is doing very well at home and school. He is in his third year at secondary school which is five miles from where he lives. He found the transition to secondary school difficult at first – with the large building, new routine and so many students. But with support from the school (who were excellent) and also from John and May he soon regained his confidence and settled in. Because he lives in the country a bus comes to collect him and the other children from the outlying villages. Reece thinks this is great fun – much better than going in a car or walking to school.
We see Reece twice a year: at the summer outing and Christmas party arranged by Homefinders fostering agency. Although Reece isn’t in foster care my agency invites children who have been fostered by the agency’s carers. John, May and Lisa always make the journey to meet up and we get a big hug from Reece who is always pleased to see us. He’s growing into a really nice boy as I always knew he would.
I have not heard any more about Reece’s mother Tracey or her partner or new baby. The last time I saw Tracey and Gary was at the time mentioned in the Epilogue of the book. Because I am no longer fostering Reece there is no reason for me to be told details of his natural family. It’s possible I may bump into Tracey in the High Street again – as far as I know she still lives in the area. Despite everything I feel sorry for her – coming from a dysfunctional and abusive home she didn’t stand a chance. Fortunately Reece was taken in foster care just in time and therefore does stand a very good chance of leading a fulfilling and happy life.
We saw Reece, John and May at the summer picnic. Lisa didn’t come this year as she was on holiday with some friends. As usual we sat together to eat our picnic and caught up on the news. Reece is fourteen now and when he returns to school in September he will start his GCSE courses. He grumbled a bit about having to take so many subjects as he just wants to work on the farm. But John and May are committed to him having a good education and John pointed out that he would need good maths and English so he could help him with the paperwork connected with running the farm.
We enjoyed our fostering Christmas party on the evening of Friday 7th December. It was great fun as usual with lots of familiar faces including Reece. He’s a big lad but still always gives us a hug when he sees us. I thought it was nice that he joined in with the games and played with the younger children.
Yesterday we had our fostering summer picnic. Reece, Lisa, John and May were there. Reece is awaiting the results of his GCSEs. I hope he has done well. He has grown very tall and sturdy and when he hugged me he lifted me off the ground! It was lovely to see them all.
I saw Reece at the fostering Christmas party and was pleased to learn that he’d passed the GCSEs he needed and is now studying horticulture at college.
Reece continues to have contact with his siblings twice a year.