Happy defined: playing on the floor with 12 beautiful children
Heart-broken defined: playing on the floor with 12 beautiful children knowing they don't have a forever family (yet)
After I was done my two weeks in Hong Kong, I decided to head to the main land and drop in on New Day South . New Day South is a Foster Care home which takes in children (with special needs) from local area orphanages and helps provide critical care and surgeries for them. Its a great organization and a very needed organization.
|Looking out over Hong Kong|
I don't think I had cried since I was a little boy.
I don't think I have ever cried this much before in my life. This little guy is such a joy, a real little boy who has energy to burn! The little guy has taken a liking to me, but I had to leave for a bit. He cried, then calmed down. When I returned an hour later, he looked at me, but would not come near. He looked at me with distrust and a painful look of rejection in his eyes. No 3 year old should have that deep of an understanding of rejection. Normally healthy happy children will re-engage in play... but there comes a point where the children seem to start turning inward, into themselves for comfort and start rejecting those around them to try to stop the pain of being rejected.
And that is where I think this other little guy is. But is he ever a little sweet heart right now! Because he is old enough to take care of himself, he seems to get the least amount of attention. He can dress himself, clean himself, etc. I see him sometimes, on the edges of the activity. He seems waiting for others to call him in, to spend time with him. I don't know if he has been hurt, or if he is just shy. But what I think I do see, is him starting to go within himself. He was a very gentle and nice little boy to be around. Easy to laugh, easy to relax. But I think the longer he stays in an orphanage now, the harder it will be for him to come out of his shell later. But he is a sweet sweet little boy who (I think) is just waiting for a family!
Ahhhh, I miss all the kids at New Day South! I can't wait to be able to go back and see them again... Well, actually, I hope when I go back none of them will be there. I hope they will have all been placed into loving homes.