yesterday. When it became apparent that I’d be needing to visit some clients out that way, I sent out an e-mail to others in the firm and so put together a plan to visit ten kids. A lot of car time and reconnecting with clients I see twice a year. Also, the fall foliage was beginning to burst forth in the far western sections of the state.
The morning started in Towson, where I had a shelter care hearing for one of my clients who had been placed back with his mother. His little brother’s whereabouts are currently unknown, believed to be with his mother. Then back to Ellicott City to prepare the mapquest directions for the various placements. God bless Mapquest! (OK, GoogleMaps is another good option:))
Then to Jefferson, not far from Frederick, then Hagerstown, then Williamsport then my final destination – between Frostburg and Grantsville in Garrett County.
The the weather had its ups and downs – rain and mountain driving don’t make for a good time, but it is infinitely easier to deal with than the fog that hit me last year and drove me back from the Garrett County border, but as you can see, the foliage is starting to show its lovely self.
The pics I’ve uploaded were shot from my cell phone, going the speed limit (ahem) while negotiating some curves with some serious drops off to the side and thankfully little traffic, so the quality is not the greatest, but you get the idea.
Finally, I made it to Salem Children’s Trust a place that has virtually, if not literally, saved the lives of at least two of my clients. It’s out in the woods, obviously, has its own school. The food is all natural – they even make their own flour! They are primarily vegetarian, whole foods and no additives. The kids reside in houses, all very homelike, in a family-type setting. One of my clients doesn’t even want to leave to go into independent living – and I don’t blame her!
– Rainer Maria Rilke