I can’t remember what I wore two days ago or what I had for dinner last night, but the details about kids at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter never leave my mind. We have more than 100 kids who live with us each year and as the school year comes to a close, I’m thinking back on all the kids we met in the last year. Here are few to share with you - The little girl who loved standing on my feet and tugging on my skirt.

The guy who played basketball every afternoon at 3:45, as soon as he got home from school. Such a happy sound every day.

The third grader who loved mangoes. That one makes me smile the biggest.

The dramatic teenager whose stories went on for days and involved abundant hand motions.

The fourth grader who loved bananas – banana pancakes, banana bread, anything banana.

The girl who had a beautiful voice but didn’t want anyone to hear her sing.

The sweet little girl with big bright eyes who loved dresses with big bows on them.

The teen boy who was the protector of his sister, loved cleaning the kitchen and always had something good happen at school.

The kid with a great sense of humor and sarcasm – unexpected at the age of 11.

And my favorite of all - the teen girl who always knew I had gum in my purse… and knew I couldn’t share with the little kids. She’d wait until there were only teenagers around and ask for gum.

I love hearing from our former residents. There are a few who visit and call regularly. Here’s to a great summer for all of our kids – current and former! We hope their memories of Palmetto Place are as wonderful as ours.