Scotty Stole My Heart!
In 2004, when I first had the opportunity to work in a Chinese orphanage, there was one little girl who captured my heart. I was amazed by the fact that I could be caring for 200 babies and yet have one that stood out as so special and dear to my heart. Leaving her after eight days of serving in her orphanage was one of the most difficult things I’ve done. And so when the time for my next trip to serve in another orphanage came, I told myself I would not fall in love with one child in particular. Much as I tried, another little girl stole my heart. Now when I work in the orphanages, I know that it’s inevitable – there will always be one or two children that I will form a special bond with – one or two children whose faces are forever etched on my mind and heart and whom daily remain in my prayers. On my most recent trip to China in May 2010, Scott was one of two of the over 500 children I encountered that captured my heart.
What a sweet boy! I call him Scotty. As I write this, descriptive words fly through my head which depict his personality: inquisitive, content, sensitive, calm, happy, hardworking, determined, focused, gentle and resilient. Earlier this year, Scotty began participating in Believe In Me, the LWB-established preschool in his orphanage in Jinjiang. Despite his special needs, he does wonderfully in class and interacting with the other students and teachers. Scotty’s little hands are deformed, but he has a persevering attitude and does well with coloring and stacking blocks.
Like many children, Scotty has a repaired cleft. One afternoon, our team brought the school kids a supply of new books with words in both English and Chinese. For nearly two hours, our team sat with the children and read to them despite the fact that we don’t speak Chinese and the kids don’t understand English. I spent this time with Scotty. I had a basic ABC book with a picture and word for each letter. I went through the book once saying “A-Apple; B-Ball; C-Cow…” Scotty sat quietly beside me, observing the book intently. After completing the letters, I started at the beginning again: “A-Apple” and then I heard the tiniest little voice say “Apple” in perfect English pronunciation. I was shocked! It was coming from Scotty – a little boy who has only heard Chinese his whole life. And so page by page we went “B-Ball, C-Cow, D-Dog…” all the way to “Z-Zebra” with Scotty pronouncing each word clearly after me, a huge feat for a little cleft-affected guy growing up in an orphanage.
Every day, Scotty is in my thoughts and prayers, and I long to hear that he has been matched with a special family of his very own. This amazing boy has so much to contribute to a family and is such a sweetheart. I know because he stole a piece of my heart!
Heather Williams is the director of Hope’s Heart Orphan Foundation.
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.