Recently when I read the Anne of Green Gables classic, Anne’s character reminded me of how children without a home or family to call their own during their young life respond to a new environment. My heart broke with Anne when she realized that Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert requested a boy to help out with their farm and were angry when she showed up at the train station instead. Their hearts softened at her curiosity and zest for life. At times she should have been more respectful to the people that hurt her, yet I loved how she stuck up for herself rather than meekly accepting their opinions. Anne excelled with her school work and even won a scholarship for college.
It is amazing how we can shape a young person’s life by giving them an opportunity to feel loved. The progress that my two sons have made in the last five years warms my heart to know that I could make a difference just by giving them a chance.