Chad said that her complications would have been difficult to manage even pre-NRS. Her age, general rundown condition (that most of us suffer from to one extent or the other), and Josephine's stress level only added to the problem. The length of time that she was experiencing low blood volume alone could have meant that even had she lived she may never have fully recovered.
Dix and Scott buried her and her baby, the tiny thing that it was, together in the same grave next to her grandmother. Brandon was buried next to his father. Poor Maddie was so shook up she went away mentally for a while. The only thing that seemed to reach her was when Tris put Cinda in her arms to hold and cuddle.
It was right after the last shovel full of dirt was put back in place that Samuel came pelting over for his father. A bus was coming and a couple of other vehicles after that.
Everyone's heart fell to their feet. I had to stop my crying and pull myself together so I tossed my journal aside and ran with the rest of them for my normally assigned position on the Wall. With so many of our men hurt our security, both mental and physical, was compromised. We were all exhausted but we still had to function whether we thought we could or not. This was a perfect time for our enemies to attack or lay siege to us. We ran towards the Wall but before we could get there McElroy was opening the gate. Opening the gate?!
My head was spinning in confusion. Once the opening was large enough Theo stuck his head through and said with a real serious look on his face, "Momma said not to get upset. We're gonna be setting up outside."
We? This is the part that chokes me up and I still find hard to believe. Dora and her family, some other men from her end of town, and the Korean archers came to our place. We found out not too long afterwards that at roughly the same moment people began showing up at OSAG, people that they had traded with or helped. Some that showed up had simply benefited from the destruction of the ZKK strongholds in their area. It was amazing to see the sense of community and to have proof positive that the concept of what goes around comes around applies to good things as well as bad. I know it could have just been that some of the people wanted to make “friends” with whoever the biggest and strongest in the area was. I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt … Scott and Dix have already said “watch everyone.”
The issue of these people setting up outside the Wall however was unacceptable. Zombies roamed freely and in great number. We call ourselves Sanctuary for a reason. Were we that or not?
As we welcomed our visitors I did note that Dix did have a team surreptitiously go around locking down certain things like the Storehouse, the Cooler, the ammo bunker, etc. We would be good hosts, properly grateful for their offering of friendship and support, but we would not be foolish ones. We felt blessed at the unexpected turnout, but there was still a need to be a good steward of our home and goods. And there is that idea of stewardship again.
Side Dishes – Asian Slaw; baked potatoes, steamed green beans
Dessert – Fried Pineapple Rings; homemade ice cream
2 cups water
1 tablespoon roasted chicory root
1 tablespoon dried dandelion root (not roasted)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seed (should be out of the husk, but not ground)
First and foremost, separation and isolation. If possible, I'd place them in separate houses and buildings. Keeping them separated in the same house may inspire some ideas of individualization, but to eliminate contact with co-conspirators would leave them to fend for themselves and their survival completely on their own, a rusty skill-set, depending on previous experience.
Secondly, put them to work crew both inside and outside, but again, individually. Take several of the trusted example children, and emphasize good behavior (praise for the good kids) with rewards (5 minutes of free time, an apple, something desirable) and punishment (loss of free time, more work in the kitchen) to discourage negative behavior.
Third, shadowing adults; a good male role model for boys and a good strong female role model for any girls. The youngest may do well shadowing an older teen, if possible. Someone that they can learn to look up to but who can also be a friend and not just a disciplinarian figure.
If for nothing else, these kids have to realize that their independent personalities do have to change, despite the group participatory environment. In the past environment it was take or be taken. In their new environment, they need to learn its keep what you earn on a collective level.
Finally, if the negative behavior continues, I would not hesitate to send one or more to other families in the area. Another option is the orphan trains that are beginning to make the news. Another option may be to provide them supplies and then send them on their way, explaining that since they chose to resist all efforts to integrate into your group then by their own actions they left you with no choice.
I think that each of these kids can benefit from working hard for what they need, under heavy supervision with understanding that those supervising authorities are not meant to threaten, but hold them accountable to their actions. If for nothing else, it should be understood to them that the Orphan Trains are their current destination, and if they would like to stay, they should do anything and everything to change their attitudes, or simply be a short term guest in your home.
I apologize for the apparent brutality of some of these options but that is the reality we face these days. Discipline and accountability are an absolute necessity for a group to succeed. These children appear to be unfamiliar these two concepts or are intentionally choosing to ignore them. These children will either respond positively or negatively and you cannot force them to choose. You can influence them, but not make the final decision for them.
Day 258 (Sunday) – April 15 – Rest Day
Hmmmm. I wouldn’t call this truly a restful day but it’s been the most “restful” day I’ve had in a while. The day started out with a nice surprise from Scott. He loaded the complete kit and caboodle of us (our family) and we went to OSAG for a brief service that Hunter put on. He is still shore but his spirits are high. I guess coming out of something like he faced is akin to passing a hard test. He and Steve also seemed to have notched their father/son relationship up to another level. It was really nice to see something so positive come out of something that had a lot of sadness in it for us.
1/2 cup cornstarch (cornflour)
2 egg whites, beaten
2 teaspoons water
3/4 cup flour
Powdered confectioners' sugar for garnish