Feel-Good Friday

This episode of Feel-Good Friday is both amazing and tear-jerking. I’ll try not to spoil it with any excess verbiage. Just read and enjoy.

The odyssey began back in January 2019, as Pam Willis was scanning Facebook. She says a post titled ‘Seven Siblings in Need of Forever Home’ “hit her like a ton of bricks.”

The story revealed that after the children’s mother and father perished in a car accident a year earlier, the siblings had been placed in foster care. “In that instant, their sweet smiling faces jumped off of the screen and into my heart,” she posted to Instagram.

Pam tagged her husband Gary on the post. By day’s end it was decided—they wanted to adopt them all. Two months after making initial contact with the foster care agency, Adelino, 15, Ruby, 13, Aleecia, 9, Anthony, 8, Aubriella, 7, Leo, 5, and Xander, 4 were placed with Pam and Gary.

With fears were founded on past experience, feeling truly safe did not come easily to the eldest children. Even prior to losing their parents, their lives had been far from ideal: Their mother and father were sometimes indigent and also struggled with substance abuse. As a result, they were sometimes unable to provide a stable environment for their kids.

“I think it’s so hard to trust when so much has been taken from your life,” Pam Willis told TODAY. “One night, my then-7-year-old came into our room. I asked her, ‘Did you have a bad dream?’ And she replied, ‘No, I just wanted to make sure that you were still here.’”

Wonderful. Simply wonderful.

7 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. Hard to read, I couldn’t see very well through cloudy eyes. I don’t think it was cataracts. What wonderful people to do such a thing.

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  2. I sometimes have a habit of interjecting my own stories. I know it’s irritating to some. I can’t help myself. Long ago, I worked for AT&T Long Lines. I had a good friend who had a pretty big family. Not spectacular, but he had 5-6 kids. I walked in to work one day and said hi and asked how he was doing. His answer was, “Fabulous! I just got four new kids!” I don’t know which family member it was, but a brother, sister, in-law or some such had a similar situation where the parents were both in a car wreck. This guy adopted all the kids and welcomed into his own family. I never saw a guy happier. The above story brought that whole thing back to mind. Some people are made for that. I can shed a tear and think it’s great, but I am NOT one of them. Kudos to those who are.

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  3. Doc – Amen.

    MelP – Very little good news out there anymore, that’s for sure.

    Jenn – Right before retirement. I don’t know where they’ll get the energy.

    RG – A detective I work with had four of her own, and she and her husband decided to adopt three more. Seriously great people.

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