After watering my patio plants twice yesterday, I looked out just after noon and noticed that my pretty white cone flowers, which are in back against the fence in late afternoon shade, had withered and dried up.
It was 106 degrees here yesterday.
So I started looking up those shade sails and trying to figure something out to keep my plants alive. I nearly ordered one, then saw that it said in moderate winds to take it down. Where it would have to be attached, I would have trouble reaching, so I don’t think that would work.
Wind in Oklahoma comes up at a moments notice and sweeps through with a vengeance.
So now I’m looking to find another answer. Remember the wind completely tore my gazebo down a few years ago. Hard to battle Oklahoma wind.
At least my zinnias are still looking halfway good. And I have all those seeds, about 6-7 seed packets, that I ordered to plant for fall. When they get here I’ll have to let them germinate and then shelter them I suppose. Find a balance between enough sun and getting fried.
Yesterday Nathan told me that his oldest son, age 6, who has been living in Texas with the mother, had been taken away from her. They did not contact Nathan and the child was in foster care for months.
Now the boy has been given to the girl’s father, but Nathan said that isn’t any better. Both of them cook up meth. So the boy is in a bad situation.
Why didn’t they call Nathan? He finally finds out, and pleaded with them to give the grandfather his number, as he wants to bring the boy to live with him. But so far he’s heard nothing.
What is probably hindering him the most is that once he basically kidnapped the boy to get him away from her. He brought him to Oklahoma, crossing state lines, and was told if he didn’t take the boy back, he would be charged. So he took him back.
Imagine knowing your son is in that bleak of a situation and there’s nothing you can do about it. Nathan doesn’t have money for expensive lawyers. He can barely afford child support for three boys.
Nathan’s mother had many problems when he was growing up and social services took over from her quite a few times too. He does not want his boy to grow up the same way.
If anyone has any ideas or knowledge about such things, please let me know. I feel so badly for this poor innocent child being exposed to drugs and shuttled around the system.
However what they do have on Nathan’s record is that he was labeled schizophrenic or something to that effect at about age 6. What happened is that he and his friend where out riding bicycles and damaged a vehicle. The police came but the friend had run off.
When the officer asked Nathan who helped him, Nathan said that boy, and pointed to nothing by the officer’s side. The officer told Nathan no one was there but Nathan persisted.
Thus he got taken in and they determined he was seeing things that weren’t there. And six year old Nathan wouldn’t back down for fear of implicating his friend.
He was put on schizophrenia type medication, which messed him up in school. It wasn’t until he was about 13 that he explained and they tested him again and determined he had autism/Aspergers. Thus the medications were all changed.
Without having an attorney to act for Nathan in Texas, there seems to be little he can do. Social services just will not play ball with him on this. To me it sounds like incompetence on their part.
And if he doesn’t stay here and work his full-time job, he can’t pay child support.
Yes, Nathan took the boy, his child, away from the mother in a time of desperation. But this woman keeps getting charged with drugs and drug dealing. How is that any better? Why do they keep giving the boy back to her?
To me this does not sound as if the state of Texas is doing what is in the best interests of this boy. Why put him in foster care without notifying the legal father? Isn’t that a breach of parental rights?