She was born a preemie
on September 15, 1986
The mother could not care for her
Her life had so much to be fixed.

She would be eighteen now
Oh, how we miss this young lady
She was only three months old
When she came to us as a baby

She had many a problem
So many to overcome
We held her close to our heart
She'd know where the love was from

Her mother was so very young
But alcohol was her whole life
She was single and alone
She'd never been anyone's wife

Mommy came to visit the baby often
It was so obvious that she loved her
She asked us to be the Godparents
But her whole life was such a blur

We accepted and waited to see
What would happen next
She had the baby home for a few weeks
And things got so complex

There was this short visit
With Mommy, to see how it would go
But Mommy gave up, chose the alcohol
The worker came back with the baby in tow

A few months went by all too fast
With Mommy visiting often
We came to love the Mommy like a daughter
She played with the baby, had so much fun

Before she left, one sad day
She asked if we'd adopt her little baby
She realized this was one job
She just could not do, no maybes

We said, "Yes", just elated
Our dreams were about to come true
But the Indian Child Welfare Act
Was about to make us so blue

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was a big problem
She remained, oh, so small
Teaching her was such a joy
At one year she weighed fourteen pounds two ounces was all

A few months went by
These were happy days for us
But then our world fell apart
Oh, Dear God, who can we trust?

The doorbell rang one day
The worker said I should sit down
I tried to ask, What was wrong
As on her face was a big frown

She gave us the sad news
The Mommy was found dead
Acute Alcoholism had taken it's toll
The baby would be leaving, the worker said

Our world was falling apart
We must have shed buckets of tears
We never expected to lose her
This was one of our biggest fears

The years have gone by
Shylow remains so much of us, a part
She will always be here with us
With a very special place in our hearts

We would give so much
To see you again, Shylow
We love you with all our heart
And losing you was such a blow.

Delilah M. (Dede) Haasİ

We heard from Shylow when she turned twenty
This was one of the happiest days of our lives.
She is happy and healthy, and has a wonderful
family.... This is all we needed to know.
May God Bless and Guide Them Always!




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