“What happened here Joy?”
“It’s a long story.”
“You need help Joy. I shouldn’t have left you home alone. I am taking you to a therapist, and after that you are going to school.”
She cut me off. “No Joy. You need help, and you are going to get it, like it or not.”
I sighed. “Fine.”
After that things changed. Every day the next week I hung out at the therapist. She helped me, and got me ready to go to school. It helped to know someone cared.
“Before you send me away, just listen. I came to say I am sorry. I know you are dealing with a lot, and I shouldn’t have gotten mad about you not coming to school.” I slid off of the bed and sat next to Savanna.
“It’s okay, I guess. I understand. I am coming back to school tomorrow.”
She jumped up and down. “Really!”
Then she noticed. “What happened to your foot?” I had enough secrets from her. I finally opened up and told her, if not the real secret at least something.
Even though I never said it she knew what I meant.
“Be more joyful. Don’t leave!”
But at that moment she was all the joy I needed. Just knowing someone cared.