Like I’m standing here right now hovering over Burke Patton’s vulnerable body, I’d done the same for Steven Gordon, except that time, I was at her funeral. I looked out at the crowd and saw more children than adults mourning her death, but that was only because she’d dedicated most of her life to caring for unwanted children. It was the only way she knew how to repair her own fractured childhood, by giving love and attention to so many children who needed it.
So many people gathered around her dead body asking God why he’d sacrificed such a meaningful life, but I knew exactly why—ever little painful detail. In fact, there was so much more to her suicide than anyone realized at the time.
Her and her husband, Buck Taylor, had taken in a young man the world had thrown away and determined was a lost cause. But Stevie didn’t believe in that. No. She thought every single child—no matter how damaged—deserved an opportunity to have a loving family.
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