He sat across from me at the optical store. We discussed new glasses and lenses.
He suggested progressive lenses.
I quipped that I wasn’t patient enough to wait for changing lenses.
I suggested a new look.
He suggested the extended warrantee.
I agreed – “You never know what the boys will do!”
And then there I was explaining the foster care system to Brian, a young man with long brown hair, dark glasses and a curious mind.
“Yes,” I said, “they call and ask us to pick up a baby in 15 minutes.”
“It’s been so important to me to keep the brothers together.”
“We didn’t expect to be adopting, but now my sister and I have such a beautiful blended and crazy family.”
“Do you know that some kids ‘age out’ of the foster care system? They go through life, never having a ‘true’ family – no one to cheer at graduation, no one to walk them down the aisle, no one at Christmas….it hurts my heart. I would take many more if I could.”
“Do you know you can go on a local news website – click on a link and find photos of kids waiting for a family? Yes, almost like an animal shelter…sadly…”
He wiped a tear.
“Wow,” he said, “I had no idea….about any of this.”
November is National Adoption Month.
Today is National Adoption Day.
Children are waiting.