When I went to pick up CM for our first week long stay, she was exhausted and tearful.
My heart and the hearts of her foster family were hurting for her too.
She hugged me and I carried her to the car, buckled her in, and off we went.
It was just she and I in the car and she was grumpy and silent. After all, she had just woken up.
I tried to talk and joke around...she wouldn't crack a smile.
So, I pulled out the BIG GUNS.
"Never Say Never", by Justin Beiber, on the CD.
I sang loudly along and did some ridiculous moves...all while driving safely, I assure you.
Then it happened...I heard her little voice singing along too.
Not to mention, she even "raised the roof" with her tiny arms.
(Yes, I still "raise the roof" when I have the right audience.)
I put it on repeat and we sang along.
Then I heard her say, "Mommy, I not sad anymore."
I heart you, Justin Beiber...and this is why.