For the occasion, Christy had gone to Target the night before to buy Kara a new outfit. She decided on a loose-fitting floral pantsuit and a special silver necklace.
Under normal circumstances, guardianship hearings are something of a formality for families with disabled children who turn 18. They usually last 10 minutes. The parents, or other guardians, must prove that the person is unable to live independently and that the parents are qualified to oversee the person’s life. Someone placed under guardianship loses the right to vote, to marry, to make medical decisions.
But Christy and Mark knew they had made their situation atypical. Their lawyer warned them that they could lose.
Christy and Mark dressed themselves with care, too, thinking about the impression they’d make on the judge. Even though both have long considered themselves Republicans, they were glad they got a Democrat instead of a hardline conservative.
Christy first slipped on a black, white and gray dress. It could send the message, she thought, that their situation doesn’t fit into black or white extremes, but exists in a gray area: Giving Kara marijuana is illegal, but not morally wrong.