Dong Dong: He’s All Boy

Some boys just epitomize the essence of boyhood-

Lively roughhousing…

…energetic play…

…sparkling mischief…

…single-minded focus on the task at hand…

…delighted laughter…

…goofy antics…

…fits of snuggling…

….and well-earned naps. :)

Dong Dong is definitely all boy. When he came to the orphanage at about the age of four, he quickly bonded with the other kids there, joining in their frolics with joyful abandon.

Though he delights in playing with others…

…especially when he can indulge in “manly” games…

…he can also happily entertain himself using his imagination…

…energy…

…or simple fascination with the world around him.

With so much stamina, Dong Dong thrives in the outdoors. During Orphan Camp last summer, his two absolute favorite activities were digging in the sand pit…

…and of course, the water fights.

Oh my, but he did LOVE those water fights!

Sometimes he’d team up with his buddy, Jin Qiu…

…and other times he’d bring out the big guns…

…but he was determined to get every ounce of fun out of his opportunity.

As much as he enjoys adventure, Dong Dong also likes to feel useful. When we give the children baths, he stations himself at my side, handing me wash cloths, scrubbing feet, dumping out the tub and adding more water. When his latest foray into sweets (the boy is a chocaholic!) led to sticky hand prints on the door, we sent him to work wiping them off…

…which he gladly did.

Later, when we were painting murals on their walls, he was again eager to assist…

…but we decided that might be more “help” than we could handle. :)

Christmas brought out a special side in Dong Dong. How he delighted in every aspect of decorating and gift giving!

He thought the tree was magical…

…and wanted to make sure to squeeze as many ornaments on as it could hold.

I wish we had gotten pictures of him opening his gifts, because he was the funniest thing! First, he opened his new shoes, and was so over-the-moon excited that he had to take off his old shoes, strap on his new ones, and go around, showing them to every person in the room. When we finally enticed him back to his pile of gifts, what did he open but socks! Off came the new shoes, off came the old socks, on went the new socks, the new shoes, and around the room he went, displaying his finery. His next gift was, you guessed it, pants. :) Nothing would do but to remove the shoes and his old pants, and start the process again. His shiny-eyed pride at his new apparel was a delight.

Dong Dong is so full of life…

…but also has his gentle side that longs for affection…

…family…

…love.

Might your heart have room for this little boy?

Dong Dong is about nine years old. Besides having Down syndrome, no other health issues have been discovered. Though he is active, he responds well to having his exertion channeled into useful avenues, and flourishes under loving attention. Dong Dong would be a joyful addition to any family.

Could Dong Dong be your little boy?

 

 

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