Prince Rocky Awakens from His Slumber
Rocky, the special little prince we featured in an August 2008 blog (Sleeping Rocky: An Unfinished Tale for a Special Little Boy) is still waiting for his dream of a family to come true. Please read on as our guest blogger, Elizabeth Ridley, daughter of LWB’s previous longtime HR and Education Director, tells you more about meeting this young man who is now nine years old and seeing first-hand that Rocky had awakened from his slumber.
In May of 2006, my mom and aunt visited LWB’s Believe In Me Changde School LWB school in Hunan. A little boy pretending to be asleep quickly caught their eye. They immediately knew what a special personality this child had and nicknamed him Rocky because they could quickly see his great determination. Over the years, as my mom continued to work with this school, she would share many great stories about what a wonderful child Rocky was. Rocky uses a walker to get around, but when a gift of a cozy coupe car was given to the school, he quickly realized that he could get around a lot faster in the toy car than with the walker. My mom actually had to set a “no cozy coupe” rule during class time as Rocky could really zoom in the classroom.
My mom also shared that one time she was doing an art project with the class, and every time she would look in his direction he would put a look on his face saying he couldn’t believe she was making him do this project, but every time she turned away from him he was grinning from ear to ear. When she went over to pick him up, he burst out into such laughter. He wrapped his arms around her neck and stayed with her while she continued helping the other kids.
In July of 2010, I was lucky enough to visit the Changde school with my friend Gwen. Since I had heard Rocky stories for years, I was so excited to meet him. My expectations were surpassed when I entered the room and could immediately identify who the smart little boy was that had ‘tricked’ my mom all those years ago. A little shy at first, Rocky quickly came out of his shell and was the class leader. Whether it was singing songs, classroom activities, or helping other students, Rocky led the way. I brought butterfly cutouts to decorate the room with, and Rocky was by my side the entire time to help paste them to the walls. He spent the day showing me and his classmates how to play different games.
When the other children left for lunch, Rocky stayed behind to eat with us. I have been studying Mandarin for a few years but at times had difficulty communicating with people while I was in China. However, I had the easiest time communicating with Rocky. He understood what I was getting at, asked questions, and helped me when I was struggling to pronounce something. I will always cherish the time I spent with him. Not only did he leave a lasting impression on Gwen and me, but I can say without question that Rocky has been an outstanding friend and classmate to each and every child in that classroom.
Rocky has been on the shared list for adoption for several years, with no one stepping forward to call him their son. It is my sincerest wish that he will be chosen by someone for adoption. I know he would bless any family in such a beautiful way. ~ Elizabeth Ridley
We want to share some incredible news about Rocky. Love Without Boundaries will offer a $2,000 grant toward his adoption expenses!
Rocky’s special needs are listed as cerebral palsy, club foot and muscle contracture of both hands. We featured Rocky’s friend, David Matthew, on our blog last week (“David Matthew…or Jackie Chan?”) and would love to see both of these special boys find families of their own!
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.