Lacey does not live the life of a 10 year-old. Lacey is the caretaker of her family. Her father is in jail and her mother has been too overwhelmed to get out of bed since she lost her job.
She rides her bike to buy groceries, cleans the house, and watches the younger children. Lacey's family depends on her, but Lacey needs someone too. She needs someone who will let her be a child, and who will help her feel safe and protected. At Boys & Girls Club of Norman, Lacey and her siblings can be kids with kid worries.
When she comes to play at, Lacey forgets all the burdens of being a child in an adult role. When she walks in, a smile hits her face and her big, green eyes light up. The worries of the day leave her shoulders as she plays a game of Twister. Here, Lacey feels safe and playful -even if it's just a few hours a day.
At the end of the night, Lacey gathers her siblings, zips their jackets, and grabs their hands so she can walk them home. She must slip back into being an adult. Someday, when she recalls happy childhood memories, they will be of her at Boys & Girls Club of Norman.