He sat nervously in the office, waiting for the councilor to enter. Today was a big day. One that he had waited for and anticipated for some time. It had been a long and laborious process, what with all the forms, applications, background checks and references that had been required. But finally, here he was, on the day that it should all be over and a new chapter of his life would begin.
A young lady entered the room, walking around her desk. With a smile, she extended her hand and, with a smile said “Good morning Mr Allen. I’m sure this is an exciting day for you.”
“Yes” he replied. I’ve waited a long time. It’s kind of hard to believe that the day has finally arrived”.
“And I’m sure you are anxious to get on with it, so let’s see what we have here”. Opening a folder on her desk, she started to shuffle through the many pages contained within. “This morning, I just want to go over everything one more time, just to make sure we haven’t missed anything. Our primary concern as I’m sure you know is for the welfare and protection of the adoptee”.
“Yes” he again replied. “And well it should be. This is not a matter that can or should be taken lightly. We are talking about another life here”.
“I would like to start by asking you to restate your full name, address, and cell phone number” she said.
As requested, he did.
“Do you have a work phone” she inquired?
“Uh no” he said. “I took an early retirement. I am able to live quite comfortably on my pension and other investments I have made. I think you have my status and financial records there, do you not”?
“Yes, I do” she said, extracting them from the file. “But as I said, we want to assure that nothing has changed that may impact the well being of the young one”.
“I’m sorry” he said. “I don’t mean to sound testy, but I am anxious to complete this adoption. I just want to take him home”.
“And we are just as anxious to complete his placement. I do have a couple of other questions to ask however. We are talking about a 5 year old here and as I suspect you know, they can be quite a handful. Especially when moving to a new home and a new environment. I want to be sure you have thought this through fully and are prepared to accept all the issues involved with the adoption of one so young. I do not say this to be critical, but you are a little older then the average family wishing to adopt. Do you have any children of your own”?
“No” he replied. “It’s just me now. My wife passed away a while ago and we never had children of our own. We had on occasion discussed the possibility of adopting a child, but we never acted on it. But, since I am now alone and have the time and ability to provide a good home, I decided to pursue sharing my time and love with another. I believe I have something to offer and am anxious to do that”.
She looked at him for a moment before slowly closing the folder. “Well, Mr. Allen” she said. “We also believe that you have something to offer. Would you like to meet your new boy”?
“Yes. Definitely” he answered enthusiastically . “Is he here”?
She reached over and spoke into the intercom. “Abby, would you please bring Mr. Allen’s little boy in please. I think they are both ready to go home”.
Shortly thereafter there was a light tap on the door and it slowly swung open. The councilor walked over and took the young one from her assistant. Turning to him she said “Mr Allen. Meet Genesis”, while handing him the leash of the frisky little dog. “Genesis, this is your new daddy and he is going to take you to your forever home”.