Person A and Person B of your OT3 have an argument over who’s the better cook. They decide to have a cookoff with Person C as the judge. However, in the end, Person C cannot decide whose cooking is better.
*screams from mount everest* GAY LOVE TRIANGLE IN THE POWER RANGERS SEQUEL FEATURING PINK/YELLOW/GREEN
I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SEND YOU THIS!!!
But like imagine tommy and trini obnoxiously flirting with each other, and Kim not realizing she’s jealous so she’s very standoffish with tommy, causing some problems in battle, and then she’s like “oh shit, I’m gay for trini” and then some point later she goes up to trini and says “I have to do this before tommy does, I’m sorry” trini’s like “for what” and then BOOM THEY KISS AND FIREWORKS GO OFF IN THE BACKGROUND (courtesy of zack) and tommy’s just like “fucking finally, I was wondering when you’d realize”
So I work for my local Child Protective Services...
And everyone’s response is the same when they hear this: sympathy, they could never do my job, ouch, etc. Very appropriate responses, but all of these are typically in regards to the families I work with.
I will be honest: many of the parents I encounter should never have been parents. Ever. Many should not even be trusted with a cactus, nonetheless another living being. However, most of my families AREN’T like this, and the ones which are like this I tend to give some slack, even as I’m working like hell to keep their kids safe. Many of them have severe mental health issues, and many have been told, despite not having a parenting bone in their body, that they SHOULD be parents and they needed to grow up and BE parents, without ever acknowledging that parenting is completely beyond their abilities.
Which brings me to the frustrating portion of the job: people who SHOULD know better and yet don’t.
These are the supposedly mentally healthy, educated, intelligent beings who return to the children to the parents against all evidence pointing out how terribly this will end. These are the people who struggle to provide evidence against the parents in court because they want to be liked and they don’t want to bad talk the parents. These are the people who close their eyes against warning sign after warning sign because despite multiple HORRIFIC failures, they want to give these parents a chance, because they’re sure that these parents love their children and want the best for them…deep down. Really deep down.
There is a view on what parenting is supposed to be and what the relationship between parents and their children are supposed to be and don’t get me started on the myths regarding maternal instincts. It’s easy to get wrapped up in ideals and ignore the blatant evidence right in front of them, and the result is too many children being endangered…and in some cases, depending on the children, people AROUND the children being endangered.
I had one adoptive parent, who was related to the father, be so upset because the father couldn’t “man up” and take responsibility because he was signing away his rights to the child. I had to convince her that he WAS fulfilling his responsibility: by recognizing that he could not possibly parent the child and was allowing the child to grow up in a good home.
I’m childfree, and I’ve heard multiple times that I should have kids and I would be such a good mother and blahblahblah. Being childfree has given me a perspective a lot of people around me don’t have. These people believe that everyone should have children and everyone has the instinct to love, protect, and nurture those children. This can lead to actively dangerous situations for the children, and even when the parent states that they can’t do it, that they hate the child, that they want someone else to have the child, I still hear judges and counselors and service providers insisting that if the parent just had a LITTLE MORE HELP…
So, no. It’s typically not the parents which make my job so hard. It’s the people who should know better and get confused when everything goes to hell.
*comes up to me out of nowhere* Did you draw that?
*stops drawing and looks up at random person* .........Yyyyyyyyeeeeeeesssssss????
How old are you?
You're 19? Why do you draw like a 5 year old? I know a 5 year old who can draw better than that. Do yourself a favor and draw like you're 19. Your style shouldn't be so childish and amateurish. Well, that's all I had to say. Keep my advice in mind. *leaves*
.............................. *rips the paper in millions of pieces* I want to die.