Each child who comes to the orphanage has their own set of hurts or difficulties. Especially with the older children, it’s often heartbreaking to watch them go through the stages of grief, adjust, and heal from the pain of abandonment. Children deal with it in their own ways.
When Si Hai (Four Seas) came in June, I was surprised by the way he handled the adjustment. He wasn’t angry, despondent, or afraid. He just poured out love on the people around him.
If a child wants to be pushed in their chair or vehicle, Si Hai is right there, propelling them around the room with a smile.
If we’re helping a child, he wants to lend a hand, too.
And if someone needs a hugs (even if they don’t realize it), he’s absolutely there to give them a squeeze.
I’ve been astounded by this boys sweetness and unselfishness. These two pictures capture just a hint of his character. It’s as though he sees Hope loving on Xiao Shi…
…and then is so happy that the baby is getting snuggles that he can barely contain his joy.
Joy…Si Hai just exudes it.
Sometimes things can get a little rough, but his responses are just priceless. I’ve seen kids snatch toys from him or even push him, and he just shakes himself off, goes over, and gives them a big hug. At one point, I turned to the other volunteers and said, “Have any of you ever seen this child sin? Seriously, I know he’s not perfect, but he’s just so sweet!” Because of his kind reactions, he seems to have a good relationship with every child in the orphanage. Even some of the rougher ones can be found walking arm and arm with Si Hai, or coming over to get one of his hugs. His tenderness definitely has a softening influence.
Truly, this is a precious child. Look at his little face, just glowing with happiness…
…though sometimes he’s just as serious and earnest as can be.
When he’s helping or cooperating, he’s especially intent…
…doing his best to please the person with whom he’s working or playing.
This video captures just a bit of his joyful exuberance. Though it’s just cell phone quality, hopefully you can see his cute personality shining through, and fall in love with him as we have (sorry, I can’t figure out how to imbed it, so you’ll have to click on the link)- Si Hai, the Dancing King
I just love this kid. Loving, giving, peacemaking, joyful, kind…these are just a few of the words I’d use to describe Si Hai.
Any family would be unimaginably blessed to have this little guy join them. He’s about 6 years old, and gets along beautifully with older or younger children (even babies). Would you please join me in praying for a family for Si Hai, and search your hearts to see if that family might be yours? Please feel free to share this post with others, and don’t hesitate to contact me in the comments section or through email to learn more.
Have you had your hug today?