24: A Child Like Me?

24: A Child Like Me?

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, with Love

A Child Like Me?

There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.

~The National Adoption Center

With saddened eyes and head bent low,

It’s damaged goods most see.

With my unclear past and broken heart,

Who would want a child like me?

I watch her walk into the room.

From a distance I can see.

But dare I take a closer step?

Who would want a child like me?

And then I see her look my way.

She smiles so tenderly.

But do I even dare to dream,

She would want a child like me?

And then, as if I spoke out loud,

She approaches cautiously.

I try so hard to once believe,

She will want a child like me.

But dare I once let down my guard,

And trust that she will see,

Hiding beneath this old stained shirt,

Is a beautiful child like me?

My smile, they say, lights up a room.

I’ll be good as good can be.

Oh, please, dear God, let her want

A special child like me.

I feel her hand reach out for mine,

And within her eyes I see,

A single, tiny, shining tear.

Could she want a child like me?

And when she takes me in her arms,

With a warmth so pure and new,

She says the words I’ve prayed to hear,

“The child I want is you.”

~Lisa J. Schlitt

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