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As a former foster child, my passion is advocating for and with foster care youth, publicizing the challenges that they face and addressing their developmental and emotional needs through workshops.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Because, in life, we all need our Mr. Harinton's to encourage and inspire us

"Mr. Harinton was real.

"There were adults in the world who would actually make sacrifices for others - not just for their own families but for anyone who needed help.

"Nicholas had always had the impression that families looked after one another, and he had come to understand that, on rare ocassions, children would do the same... But this was different.

"What Mr. Harinton was doing certainly helped Nicolas - but it also simply felt right to Nicholas. It made him want to be exactly like Mr. Harinton himself.

"No sooner had he thought this than he realized what was achoring his happiness. It was purpose. He knew what he wanted to do.

"He knew the way things should be, and Mr. Harinton was proving that other people - even adults - could feel the same way.

"Nicholas had something to aim for now. He might not know exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up, but he knew with absolute certainty how he wanted to be.

"He felt so excited, he found himself wishing he could get started right away."

~ The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart