“Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone; But there is half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on…” James W. Foley
I was reading about a plantation owner named Moses. His barn was burned down by outlaws, and they kidnapped some of his workers. After searching high and low, Moses found one of the young boys named George who had no parents. Moses and his wife adopted George and gave him their last name. George Washington Carver grew up to be a teacher and an inventor, and his discoveries of products made from peanuts and sweet potatoes are still in use today.
I recently participated at a Therapeutic Family Camp held at Montvale. Adoptive families gathered together with the children they had searched for and welcomed into their lives. These children still have emotional and physical scars, but they also have families who have given them their name, their heart, and their homes. I can only imagine how far the ripple effect of each adoption will travel.
I observed families walking together, sharing stories, playing games, and exploring what they each bring to their definition of family. I witnessed anxiety lessen, bravery emerge, kindness grow, and friendships blossom. As the families expressed gratitude that we had created a time and a place for them, I felt the ripple effect of Camp begin to pass into our community. I am excited about the future of our Camp and can only imagine how far the therapeutic benefits can and will reach.