How many of you have ever heard of the Robert Frost poem titled “The Road Not Taken”? It begins, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood / And sorry I could not travel both / And be one traveler, long I stood / And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth.” It keeps going, but I thought of that dilemma that Frost wrote about when I think about my friend Jaden. As she approaches her 18th birthday, she struggles with trying to choose which path to follow, even when she knows deep down which one is best for her. On one hand, she wants to be adopted by a family that is stable, safe, and provides her with the security she needs to allow her true self to blossom – the good-natured teen who loves writing poems, shopping, hanging with friends. But on the other hand, she wants to be back home with her original family, even though that environment is not the best for her. Jaden knows deep in her heart which path she should go down, but it’s a path she doesn’t trust yet, so her anxiety takes over. The other path is rocky and uneven, but it’s familiar. It’s a struggle we all can relate to in our own way, but the stakes for Jaden are high. Frost’s narrator ends the poem with these words: “I shall be telling this with a sigh / Somewhere ages and ages hence: / Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” Jaden needs you to help her see the value in the path toward a life of new and positive experiences with a family that’s able to be there for her every day while still honoring her past. Jaden deserves nothing less, so send us a note below and be that difference-maker in Jaden’s life that she needs so badly.

Age: 17

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