The Register-Herald article, "More grandparents take over parental roles," that the Daily Mail used on Sept. 10 got my attention. Kudos to Lisa Shrewsbury for writing it and to Beverly Riling of Wyoming County for being such a trooper and saint.
For years, I have wanted to honor women and men like Beverly who pick up the slack where drug-addicted parents are concerned. They are unsung heroes and heroines.
I have witnessed this irresponsibility in my own family and neighborhood. One person has adopted two grandchildren, and until recently had four under 8 years of age in her care.
That person is 59 years old. What a saint.
Another person, in her mid 60s, raised her sister's three children and then three of one of those.
A school counselor in my family sees products of drug abusers every day. I don't know how she sleeps at night.
Back to the people raising another generation: You could never be reimbursed for your time and labor, and you don't expect to be. Your reward will come from God in His time.
Until then, the welfare budget keeps growing to accommodate the irresponsible adults who continue to have "illegitimate" children. Really, the parents are illegitimate.
I was going to end with, "God help us," but our sins have separated us from him until we repent and turn to him. He won't force us to choose him.
Sharon L. Hill