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Heroic compassion
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"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
- Rachel Carson

For Mother's Day last week we featured a story about Oxford resident Brenda Summer, who has been a foster mother to 31 children over the course of 24 years.

If you missed that story you can read it at can also learn about her in the guest editorial on this page from Thomas Kamplain Jr., one of her foster children.

We stand in awe of the compassion shown by Summer. Many of us read the in the news every day of the cruelty and abandonment suffered by children whose parents are strung out on drugs, or whose parents for whatever reason do not have the strength or courage to care for their offspring.

There are more of these children than we even realize that have become wards of the state.

Although we are fortunate that these children are not treated like they were in the Charles Dickens days of old.
Not to have a loving parent has to be one of the cruelest challenges a child ever has to face.

Summer realizes that and as a result she has made her love and her home available to these children.
She told us that God has given her a gift to care for these children, for sure that is as true a statement as you will ever hear.

We often hear that there are angels that are present in our lives most of us have never seen one of these angels.
Take a glance at Brenda Summers picture online. If you do, you just might be looking at a real angel right here in Newton County.