Kirk Franklin
It is the classic image of the child waiting for the parent that never comes, which perfectly captures the painful
reality of Kirk Franklin’s childhood.

In his latest
blog post, the gospel singer, who was abandoned by his mother as a child, revealed what he calls “one
of my most painful memories as a kid.”

After being adopted by a 64-year-old widow named Gertrude—his mother’s great aunt—one day, young Kirk
received word that his mom was going to take him and his half-sister to the state fair.

Though his mother had not done right by him, innocent and resilient, he was still excited about spending time
with the woman he deeply loved.

In the entry titled "Keep Looking Up – God Will Not Disappoint You!," Franklin wrote, "The memories of my
real mother were of a distant aunt or female relative who would stop by five to six times a year. My sister and I
both felt this abandonment, me being adopted and her living several places as a little girl.”

And yet, the multiple Grammy Award-winner noted, “It’s really amazing how forgiving young kids can be.”

Once Franklin and his eager sibling were informed by Gertrude that their mother would arrive in three hours,
they were ecstatic.

“We went outside, stood on the corner of the street, and counted every car that resembled hers,” he said. “With
joy, clean clothes, and bouncing imaginations of what we were going to ride, eat and do at the fair, we started
playing ‘what if’ games with each other… while we waited for her arrival.”

But she was a no-show.

“The crushing that afternoon to the hearts of two young kids waiting for a mother that…never came, is an agony
no child should have etched in the corners of his or her mind,” said the 45-year-old.

Though the devastating blow marred his soul, Franklin has found peace in Christ and comfort through music.
Heartbreaking: Kirk Franklin Reveals One of His ‘Most Painful’
Childhood Memories
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