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Illus.: “Billy Finds a Home”


It happened many years ago, in a small town in one of our southern states. One evening, during an electrical storm, a bolt of lightning struck a house, setting it on fire. The fire spread quickly and burned the house to the ground. A man and his wife perished but their child, an 8-year-old son, Billy, survived. They had no relatives, so the boy was placed in an orphanage. Those were hard years for Billy—years of loneliness and rejection. Many times people would stop by looking for just the right boy to adopt, but Billy was passed over again and again. Finally, after 4 years when he was 12, a couple came to the orphanage and interviewed 3 boys, all about the same age. Billy was among them. The head of the orphanage said, “Well, which one do you prefer?” “Oh, we would like all three,” was the reply. “Well, let me talk to them and see what their response is.” Two of the boys said that they wanted to stay at the home. They had been there so long that the outside world threatened them. Bit Billy wanted to go. And so, for the first time, Billy belonged to a family again. His new parents treated him as though he was always a part of that home. He had two brothers that were natural children to his adopted parents. However, as time passed, it was said that most folks thought Billy was their natural child as well. Because he loved them so much, he began to take on their characteristics. One day he told a friend, “I have two brothers who were born naturally to my parents, but they chose me and I know that I am special to them.

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