The Unfairness Of Angels
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 The Smile of Charlie
It had been 3 years since I'd seen Charlie
I didn't think he'd recognize me?
Charlie can't speak and has cerebral palsy
And despite his groans, he can't communicate verbally
But his face lit up when he saw me
And I realized then, why i do this work so freely
Because no wage can pay, to see the smile of Charlie!

Lost in his world which i can't understand
When he wants his food, he'll raise his hand
He chews on a cloth, that helps him relax
And knows when its midday, cause he gets his snacks
He gets upset when he can't go to the lavatory
But it's all worth it, to see the smile of Charlie

I took him today, to see if he was suitable elsewhere
Not from his home, but to another day-care
To See if there was another place which he would like?
But he got upset and his hand he did bite
And I must agree with him, that its was not all that
His normal day-centre was much better, as a manner of fact
But i had to try things out, had to see.
And we got back to his old place he looked at me
And gave me a smile. The smile of Charlie.

written in 2005: A 100% true story, of when i was working as learning disability social worker, and i went back to my old job, where i used to work in a day centre for people with severe learning disabilities..And Charlie was my new client,. His mum was planing to move, and his current day centre would have been very hard to get to in the mornings, so i was asked to look for a new day centre for charlie. When i saw him, almost 3 yrs since i had worked at the Day centre he smiled and recognized me. Sometimes, in my line of work, you go through so much hardship and emotional head f***, i wonder why i do the job i do at all..but When you have moments like seeing Charlies makes everything worth it..

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