Thursday, June 18, 2009
This sweet photo is of a special little boy named Erik who was left at the orphanage after his birthparents discovered he was blind. I have known Eric since he was just a baby in 2003. I remember thinking how overwhelming it must be to live in an orphanage if you are blind, with so many babies crying and loud noises, and not to be able to see your surroundings to make sense of it all.
When we first started foster care in his city, we knew that we wanted Erik to be placed into a home. He has such a kind foster mom! She has encouraged his love of music and really wants to see Erik accepted into a school for the blind. Sadly, Eric has been on three adoption lists so far....but has never found his family. We are all hoping he will get at least one more chance, as he is such an intelligent and loving little boy who deserves a permanent home of his own.
We loved this photo as it captured so clearly the tenderness felt between Erik and his foster mom. It immediately brought to my mind the wonderful quote by Helen Keller:
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
We couldn't agree more.