On November 17th, 16-year-old Anthony was officially adopted by his high school English teacher. After spending more than 7 years in foster care, Bennie Berry decided to make him a part of her family just in time for the holidays.
__________________________________________ “During a conversation I had with students about family, some of the kids made comments that I should take them home since a lot of them refer to me as a caregiver,” Berry, who teaches at Pathways Learning Center in Beaumont, Texas, told @People magazine. “But Anthony turned to me and said I could take him home, for real. That’s when he told me he was a foster kid and was up for adoption.” __________________________________________
In response, she told him she’d consider it under one condition. “The only deal we had was that he had to be good!” she said. “Any kid of mine can’t be bad or get in trouble!” __________________________________________ “The only thing I knew about adoption was what I saw on TV, and it’s usually a husband and wife team,” she explained. “I just didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it. But I filled out the inquiry because I— read more at TheShadeRoom.com Via: @GoodMorningAmerica - #regrann
@vegans_are_fucking_awesome - Hey fam, I just want to acknowledge that I've fallen into the darkness with the holiday season upon us. Seeing the cheeriness amongst people who have not yet awoken to the truth and realities of our traditions and conditionings of culture is hard, especially during this time of year when everything seems to intensify. For me, it goes beyond just the cruelty, death, and suffering of all these innocent helpless animals exploited for their skin, fur, meat, and body parts -- treated as if they were nothing. The way we keep celebrating and following these traditions bent on profit by corporations and businesses who only care about making money at the cost of anything, anyone, misinformation and LIES: animals, humans, our planet. There is ***SUCH A DISCONNECT*** with how everything is so deeply connected and at the rate we are going we are literally destroying and polluting and killing everything. And people are smiling and laughing and consuming without knowing what they are supporting and contributing to.
This is a rough one for me. And I know I'm not alone. I don't celebrate traditional holidays anymore. I don't shop for anything beyond necessity. But being immersed in this culture of ignorance, self-absorption, and greed during this season where so much is revolved around shopping and cooking and get togethers creating so much unnecessary death, garbage, and destruction, it's not easy to be around anyone or go anywhere without having it pierce your soul.
For all of you who have to spend the holidays surrounded by people who just have not made the connection yet: I love you. Stay strong. You are not alone ⚘ - #regrann - #regrann