Assalamualaikum everyone. How was your week so far? As for me, I’ve been through some hurdles last week to finish up some of my assignments. Yaa, pretty a last minute work. Well, bukan student lah kalau tak buat kerja last minute. In the mean time of struggling, I will ensure that I have “some-me-time” which I will fully spend with reading. Before the mid-term break, I spent much of my time (apart from revising for test) re-read “Dear John”. And its undeniable, I do cried for the same reason, on the same page! Argghh, who can’t denied Nicholas Sparks best touched right? Ok. After mid-term break, here I am. I put some efforts to make sure all of the assignment will be finish on time and another effort (hobby) to read a book. So I pick “Dani’s Story”.
Here we go. This story mainly about a life of a girl which was previously neglected by her biological mother. Her name is Danielle Ann Crocket. Danielle was so severely neglected by her birth mother that she grew up knowing only squalor. She never went to school or the doctor and rarely glimpse sunlight. Desperately malnourished, she couldn’t talk and has never been potty-trained. Until she meet this one family. The Lierow’s. Diane and Bernie wanted to adopt a child. Despite being warned that she was way beyond hope of a normal life, they were instantly drawn to her and sensed a bright light behind her pale complexion. There were so many obstructions stand in their way towards the adoption. After some times, they finally did it. Danielle Ann crocket is then become Danielle Ann Lierow. In her new birth certificate, it stated Diane Lee Lierow as her birth mother and Bernd Lierow as her birth father. And not to forget, Danielle also owned a big brother named William Christian Lierow (according to Diane, she is going to call Willie with his fullname which some kind of business name). When Danielle are finally part of the family, they showered Dani with so much affection and encouragement that she came to life for the first time.
You guys should read this book. It is a true story and its very inspirational. I am not yet married but this story really opened my eyes. It put me in new perspective where kids vitally need love, affection, attention and whatever you called it to help in their rapid growing. And how patient Diane and her family treated Dani was so heart-warming. They didn’t even know what is Dani’s prognosis. Because for them, every new thing that Dani’s achieved (for example speaking 2 words : “I pretty..”) is miracle. Raising normal kid is a challenge and it required more patient when you are raising and dealing with special kid like Dani. Not all people have that "magic" as Diane and Bernie had. As for me, Dani is very lucky to have a "new life" with her new family. Living in a small room with animal feces, sleeping on the soiled mattress, having improper meals, wearing nothing except for diapers is totally terrible. Its beyond our imagination on how cruel Dani's real mother treated her before.
You will never regret reading this book. Trust me :)