I recently saw an update on the three young boys I met about three years ago. It’s really gratifying to see how much they have changed in the years since meeting them. All three are now in pre-school or school and, for the most part, doing well. They have worked hard to deal with the issues their situation forced upon them. At each step, they have been supported by a wonderful loving family. Their adoptive mom has worked equally hard to create as normal a home for them that she can. She, in turn, has been fully supported by her family and friends, all of whom have taken these three young boys into their hearts. Yes, there have been setbacks, some bureaucratic in nature and some resulting from the boys’ struggles to deal with their issues. But the setbacks have been offset to some degree by the forward steps these young boys have experienced. Educational goals have been set and met. Behavioral goals have been set and met. Social skills goals have been set and met. I love the fact that the oldest boy and I have an arrangement involving books and I don’t know who’s having the most fun.
I love the fact that these boys, finally enveloped in the arms of a loving family, have shown all of us the true power of love. It will never erase the memories or even some of the scars they each carry with them, but it does show them that life doesn’t always have been lived in the darkness of abuse and pain. Love will show each of these truly lovable boys that they are worthy of seeing the better things in life. Each of them has value and I, for one, can’t wait to see how they will change their little slice of the world for the better.