Have you read The Boy from Baby House 10?
Do you want to?
I am going to be giving away a free hardback copy this week on this blog.
Here is what you need to do to be entered in the drawing:
1) Chose one of the pictures of Emmitt or M on this blog. (p.s. This one is my favorite)
2) Look at it with an open heart for at least one minute
3) Leave a prayer (comment) on my blog. (Make sure your comment is linked to some form of contacting you)
4) Act however you felt inspired during that one minute
At the end of the week (Friday) I will randomly select one person who had left a prayer (comment) on the blog during the week to send the book to.
I am also still doing the $1 drive, and would love to have everybody who leaves a comment donate $1. But it is not necessary to be eligible to win the book.
If you have not read this book, you need to. If you have, give it to someone else, and make sure they know that the system spoken of in this book is still in place in Eastern Europe. Let them know about two little boys (Emmitt and M) who is so similar to Vanya in the book, with unlimited, untapped potential, and an ability to reach out and connect with every single person he meets. Reading this book has made it even more unimaginable to me that this little boy is spending his childhood sitting in a bed in a mental institution, when he has so much potential and so much to give.
What if he could be like Vanya, saved from the institution and entered into a family? What if someday he could tell his own story in a book?
Just to be clear, I do not believe any child (or adult) no matter what their mental functioning should be kept in the situations described in this book. However, it is striking to me the similarities of Vanya (the boy in the book) and the two boys on this blog. Both with incredible intelligence and the ability to develop language and knowledge in the absence of teaching. Both with strong inner hope and light that has absolutely no earthly explanation. Both with the ability to reach out to everyone around them, and lift the day and mood of adults who should be lifting them.
After reading this book, I know I need to do more; but for now I will do this.
Will you join me?