26 Nov '12, 3pm
'She was 11 but dressed in age-six clothes and carrying a red handbag with swear words written on it.' Amazing people
She was 11 but dressed in age-six clothes and carrying a red handbag with swear words written on it. She wore a little skirt that had never been ironed and her hair was so long you couldn’t see what colour her eyes were. Together we put away the few clothes she came with and I tried to get to know her. She ran away constantly and she was partial to self-harm. She stole the first-aid box and hurt herself badly enough to need all the bandages and plasters. I didn’t sleep well for the first month. But gradually we built up a relationship, and over the year she stayed with me she became the joy of my life.