The French call it “joie de vivre” — joy for living — and those who have this quality bring happiness to those around them. During LWB’s Teacher Training at our Believe in Me school, our teachers met a twelve-year-old boy named Bo who personifies this ebullience.
Described as patient, sweet, smiling, gentle, and kind to everyone, Bo’s joy for life rubs off on those around him. His confidence and independence is bolstered by his ability to work around a limb difference. His shortened arm does not limit his ingenuity to complete both simple and complicated tasks put before him. However, there is one task that everyone who knows Bo would like to help him with: finding a forever family in the next two years before he is no longer eligible for adoption.
Despite being naturally kind, confident, and joyful, Bo also needs the guidance and love of a family. Bo has never shied away from a new experience. A forever family could provide Bo with the nuturing and support to develop into the fine young man he is destined to be.
Lisa, one of teachers from the 2012 Teacher Training Team writes this about Bo:
Bo was very, very, sweet! He loved to spend time with the teachers and always had a huge smile on his face. He was very helpful with the teachers and with the younger students. There was no doubt that he is a very smart young man who showed us that his challenges did not get in his way. I remember witnessing him opening a wrapper for a small hard piece of candy independently. He was able to stabilize it with his affected arm and then with his other arm/hand he was able to manipulate it to open it without assistance. I was amazed. He has a very joyful personality and loved to joke…even with the language barrier. He will make a wonderful son to his forever family…and I should know about sons because I raised three of them!
Another member of our Teacher Training Team, Carol, writes:
This boy has such a spark about him. He was motivated to be involved in any activity that was going on during the week we were there and loved to help out in the classroom. Bo grasped some of the learning activities so quickly that I was surprised he stayed with them, but he completed everything and would ask for more! He really wanted to try everything and soak it all in. He was so kind and gentle to everyone around him and was always patient. Lots of smiles from him! Bo had no difficulty with any fine motor activities, as he managed to find a way around every project. He glued small felt pieces onto other small pieces without any difficulty and could open up bags of materials or water bottles. He’s a confident young man who was more than willing to take on some new experiences with new teachers for a short time.
This “gem of a boy” with an adorable smile is waiting for his next experience — a family of his own. Bo will love a family, and a family will love Bo. We just hope they can find him in time!
Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.
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