Don’t tell anyone else at Love Without Boundaries, but I am the luckiest foster care coordinator because I am the first one to get to see Luke’s smile every month. Luke’s smile can light up a room. Every month I am the first to hear all the positive words that describe this sweet 5 1/2 year old boy: bright, outgoing, kind and warm-hearted, patient, smart, conscientious, polite, aware of his surroundings, etc. Luke loves to laugh and joke and is very lighthearted. He almost always has a smile on his face.
Luke was born with a form of spina bifida called myelomeningocele which has left the lower half of his body paralyzed. However, he takes this challenge in stride and meets each day with joy. The day he received his wheelchair was one of his happiest because it was his ticket to freedom. He loves being able to push himself wherever he wants to go. One of his favorite activities is going for strolls in his wheelchair. Even the cold weather of Shunyi doesn’t keep him from his daily strolls! Although he wishes he could run and play chase with the other boys, he is still very active. He loves to bounce on the trampoline. When he isn’t outside, Luke likes to do puzzles, draw, and play with small cars with his foster brothers. But clearly Luke’s favorite indoor activity is going to kindergarten. He excels in math, where he is learning his times tables, as well as learning his characters. He loves learning and appears to be super smart as he is quick to pick up new things. A boy after my own heart, Luke loves to eat apples and chocolate.
Our Shunyi foster care manager told me a story about Luke that illustrates this little boy’s positive attitude. Before lunch Luke usually sits in the corner at a small table. Due to his disability, he seems to have learned great patience. He may sometimes have to wait to be served or acknowledged because he is not the first boy that people notice. During our manager’s visits, Luke patiently waits to be noticed; once eye contact is made, he waves his visitor over. You can tell that Luke wishes he could just jump up and be a part of the action like the other boys, but he does great with what he has been given and always has a good attitude and has a joke and a smile for everyone.
We believe a family could offer Luke so much more — love, support and opportunities that he can never receive as an orphan. Adopting Luke would no doubt bring many challenges to his family, but we think that the blessing of his lovable personality, his joyful outlook on life, and his smile would bring them much more happiness. You can contact [email protected] for more information on our lovable Luke!
Elena Doyle is the foster care coordinator to the Shunyi Program, located just outside of Beijing. She is proud to be the mama of two wonderful children from China, Zoe and Nicky.
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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