You know how in Terminator 2, Sarah Connor knows the truth about Skynet and the future and Judgment Day and death and approaching mayhem and no one believes her? She knows what’s coming, and she’s right. So she fights for what she believes and is “rewarded” by losing custody of her son and being institutionalized.
Granted, this gives us one of the awesomest girl-power scenes of all time (pull-ups on the side of your bed in a State Hospital is about as tough as you can get). But I sometimes feel for Sarah Connor as a foster parent.
Walk with me down this long, winding comparison:
Sarah’s hands get tied because she fights too hard for someone she loves. (Ridiculous. As if that’s possible.) She’s fighting primarily against a bunch of government employees who are overworked and underpaid and just don’t have any more energy to care. They no longer look at each situation – at each child – and feel empowered to say, “I can make a difference here.”