Do you understand what I just said?”
The man with shaky hands and red marked face, looked at the child sitting before him.
She had shoulder-length hair,
knee high socks,
scuffed patent leather shoes,
and her legs hung over the oak and leather chair.
The man looked at the child after realising she was not going to answer and continued speaking:
“Young lady you find yourself in a difficult situation.”
“Your guardian has left you a sum of money to attend one of London’s finest schools, but in doing does not take into consideration that without money to put food in your tummy, shoes on your feet, or clothes on your body, that sending you to school is pointless.
This meeting today has been arranged to decide what is in the long term best interest for your health and well being.
Either you attend an elite private school on a boarding basis with no form of family or emotional support, or instead the money is used to pay for your general well being and upkeep in a family home with a community and network of people who will nurture you and help you grow.”
The child looked at the man not caring what he was saying.
She began twirling the spinning top between her fingers absentmindedly thinking of the day she first received it, before dropping it onto the polished oak table with an almighty spin.
As the top spun perfectly centred- the child became mesmerised- blurring out anything except the beautiful sight of the spinning top before her.
“Today, on this day, I hereby agree with the plaintiff.
The child should remain under the care of her assigned family until she is ready to leave home and any money allocated to her schooling is to be used on paying for her upkeep and well being during these years instead.
The child will attend the local community school with her neighbours and new siblings, and in doing so will receive an education in line with government standards.
Although it is true this will not be an elite education, it will still be satisfactory and will also allow her to remain in a healthy and emotionally stable family.”
“This is my judgement and it is final.”