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Michelle: Sweet as Watermelon!

Sometimes it seems like a person’s favorite color is indicative of their general outlook on life. Michelle says her favorite color is a cheerful yellow, and this seems to mirror her sunny personality! This thirteen-year-old girl is ready and waiting for a family to call her own and doesn’t have much time to find them as she will age out when she reaches fourteen. A student in our Believe in Me Huainan School, Michelle’s infectious smile and outgoing nature has made her many friends, and she has a great capacity for affection. One of Michelle’s great joys is singing with friends. We can imagine how much fun she would have singing karaoke!

Michelle with a friend

With an interest in sports and dancing, Michelle is inclined towards athleticism and movement. Teachers have noted Michelle participates confidently in group activities, which may make her an ideal team player, although she also likes her quiet time to draw and read. She is a diligent student and is appreciates assistance in developing better math skills and study habits. She is a hard worker and enjoys sweeping the floor…but dislikes washing clothes.

Given Michelle’s age, it is critical that a paper-ready or near-paper-ready family finds her very quickly before she “ages out” at fourteen and is unable to be adopted. It would be heartbreaking for this lovely girl not to have a family when she is so close! Sandy Hartman, the coordinator of LWB’s Believe in Me Huainan School, met Michelle this summer and wanted to share her impressions of this girl to help others get to know her as well:

I was truly fortunate to spend a day in July with thirteen-year-old Michelle when we took 25 students on a field trip to a watermelon farm. The students who worked the hardest in school were especially selected for this field trip! To me, the day was hot and uncomfortable, but you would never know it by seeing Michelle’s face. She was having a blast in the fields. She picked watermelon with gusto, being sure to snag the largest, ripest fruit. She also helped the younger children find and pick watermelons. After picking watermelons, she voluntarily returned to learn about and pick some vegetables that would be added to lunch.

At the farmer’s house, we sat around a shade tree and cut open some freshly-picked watermelon. Michelle devoured her pieces with glee.. She was very friendly and kind and insisted that I had a piece to eat as well. In fact, several times she came over to make sure I did not want anymore! I found that quite amazing given the fact that I suspected this watermelon was a major treat for her and was so touched that she was willing to share this special treat with me!

When the time came for lunch, Michelle sat patiently on a wooden stool in a covered, three-sided room drinking cool water and a warm bean drink the farmer said would keep everyone cool. She helped pour the warm drink for the younger children and made sure each had what they wanted. When the meal was served, Michelle thoroughly enjoyed the duck leg, rice, sprouts, potatoes, and vegetables that Yvonne, LWB’s Education Director, sautéed for the group.

Did I mention Michelle’s smile was infectious? It absolutely brightens her face and she gifted us with that smile quite often during the visit.

Michelle attends public school and receives tutoring assistance and music class through Believe in Me Huainan. I don’t know Michelle’s favorite color, meal, sport, music, or movie. However, I do know she had a great heart and a willingness to open it to me! There must be a family waiting for this wonderful girl.

Michelle’s file is with Great Wall of China‘s Waiting Child Program. For more information about possibly adopting Michelle, please contact Stephanie at the following address:

Stephanie Crouch
Waiting Child Program Manager, Great Wall Adoption
248 Addie Roy Rd. A102
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: (512) 323-9595 ext. 3053
Fax: (512) 323-9599
E-Mail: Stephanie@gwca.org

Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact adoptionassistance@lwbmail.com 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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