May 31st 2012 – “I’m the big brother.” At 6 yrs old this little boy had taken on the full responsibility of his little sister and her care and protection first through their abandonment at one orphanage, and then being ripped away and moved into the hands of yet another. The weight of his charge was heavy and his sad little sister looked to him for every need, which though he could not fill for himself struggled to remain strong and reassure her. He’d raise his little 27 lbs body up to its full 37 inch height and shield her from these strangers, never taking his eyes off her as she was picked up, carried, and talked to by these people that were not yet to be trusted.
1 yr later – Dribbling through the yard, self dubbed “Michael Jordan”, weaves around a trike, a scooter, two kids braiding hair, and lastly around his opponent Mickenson, he’s getting close, he shoots, he misses but no matter to him the rebound is easily in his hands and he tries again. John Love, one year later has learned to trust those in his environment. He has shed the adult burden of parenting and protecting his little sister, though he still loves her with a fierce bond that will never be broken he has and knows she is safe among us. He longs to be reunited with his birth mother, whom he has personally requested to be found to one of the social workers from IBESR on their most recent visit. He knows that there is no new adoptive family awaiting him, he knows that those social workers that stop by once a month have brought other kids back their parents, and he knows that they hold his future in his hands. He’s a smart little boy, and he thinks about the future of him and his sister. He’s had to grow up way to fast. But this morning he wakes up and remembers its spaghetti for breakfast, his favorite, and the reason he’s packed on 15 lbs and grown almost 5 inches. A bath, clean clothes, a belly full of spaghetti, and good game of basketball on the court showing off his professional level skills while he waits to go to school, and turn in his completed homework which he proudly does 5/5 days every week. And when he gets his prize he will run to share with his best friend in the whole world, his little sister. For a moment he’ll be just a regular 7 yr old little boy, skipping through the day, his biggest concern whether he makes that next shot while she’s watching.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
To be continued…
Posted on Mon, May 20, 2013