I wanted to share a little bit more about Emmitt. Here is what his Reece's Rainbow description says about him:
Emmitt is a sweet boy. He is living in one of the mental institutions, and has been for many years, yet he remains sweet, intelligent, and kind. Two of our adopting families met him while they were there, and are pleading for a family to save him. From his medical records: myelomeningocele (spina bifida) From one of our adoptive families: "Emmitt has a severe deformity of his legs. He cannot walk at all. He is very friendly, funny, and talkative. He desperately seeks out attention. He was talking to my husband, and holding Zack’s hand, which he then put on top of his head for Zack to rub his hair. He is extremely intelligent, and just precious! I brought him paper and crayons, and he drew me a flower ” We are seeking more official medical information about his condition, but hope someone out there will see this sweet young man and know his kind and loving spirit.
The part of this that really strikes me tonight is this line: "He desperately seeks out attention. He was talking to my husband, and holding Zack's hand, which he then put on top of his head for Zack to rub his hair."
Every time I read this line, it breaks my heart. This is a little boy who has never known the love that a family can give. He has never had anyone to give him hugs, or rock him back and forth. He has never had anyone rub his back when he is sick or give him a kiss before he goes to sleep at night. He does not know the physical comfort of an embrace, the warm loving arms of a parent, the comfort of being held in someone else's arms.
But somewhere in him he knows what these expressions of love are and seeks them out, both to give and to receive. In him, he still has hope and has not given up on knowing these things.
That is both heart breaking and amazing to me.
I can only imagine the gift that someone who adopted this little boy could have. What a joy it would be to fill up all of the empty spots in him that are just waiting to receive love! What a gift it would be to be able to be the giver of love in this situation! What an amazing feeling to feel your love being soaked in to every crack and ever crevice. And more. . . What an incredible experience it would be to experience the world through his eyes, as if for the first time! Can you imagine, a child so grateful for just one human touch. . .what would he experience from leaving the institution for the first time? Just imagine, the things you could see through him. A flower. The blades of grass in your finger tips. The sun on your face. A hug, held tightly for as long as needed. All the simple things, we take for granted. . .that this little boy would experience with ectasy and amazement.
Every time I look at this little boys face, I wonder, how is it that no one has noticed these gifts that he has to offer? How is it that someone could pass these gifts by? Is there any amount of money you could pay to be given these things? Is there any thing in life that is more valuable?
If you are reading this, and married and qualify for adoption, what is stopping you?
I leave you with this video a friend sent me today about love. It brought tears, but then perhaps I am just emotional!