One Small, Happy Story

Here comes the sun, too doo doo doo. Here comes the sun.

So, every Monday late morning I collect Elisabeth from school and take her up the road for her swimming lesson, and today I happened to sit beside one of the dads and we started chatting, and he told me about how he and his partner adopted their little son. Born very early and weighing only 1,6kgs this newborn baby boy was found abandoned in a township and taken to the nearest hospital. Because he was so premature he suffered from cerebral palsy and the verdict was that he would never walk. While many people would balk at the idea of adopting a physically handicapped child, this couple readily took the teeny-tiny baby home and he became the light of their lives and the centre of their universe.

Now he lives in a beautiful house with two extremely devoted parents, speaks Dutch and English and goes to Europe once a year on holiday, and – what’s more – he walks just fine. He is so robust and healthy-looking you would never guess he was once hanging onto life by a thread. It’s hard to imagine what his life would have been like if he had not been adopted but, like his dad says, he probably wouldn’t have walked. And there’s not really any point to this story other than that it’s an example of how liberal and awesome our constitution in South Africa is – that a gay couple is allowed to adopt and love a child. And, it’s testimony to the kind of good, selfless people there are among us. And this one small, happy story has made me feel good about the world all day.

19 thoughts on “One Small, Happy Story

  1. Yey! Love, compassion, nurturing – we all need to receive it and we all need to give it – and it should be legal ALL OVER THE WORLD! Thanks again, Susan, for a beautiful little story.

  2. Thank you for making me feel good about the world today too. This is a bit like the starfish story that was the inspiration behind We know that not everyone can be saved, but what a difference it makes to those lucky enough to be given a chance. Oh, and love that Nina Simone.

  3. I have a child with a severe disability so I know how truly awesome the parents of this little boy are. Thank you for writing this post and for making my day. xx

  4. You are indeed a wonderful teller of the stories of the ribbons of peoples lives and your very own too…. thank you Susan for this wonderful one!

  5. Great story Susan…I shed a tear at this wonderful tale with such a happy ending. It is amazing what validation and acceptance can do for people….its truly wonderful to see! No child should be without love and if there are people who are willing to love unconditionally, then they should find each other. Thanks for once again sharing such an inspiring story.

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