Hi, my name is *Mitchell and I grew up in an orphanage. I was a tiny kid of mixed heritage who was sick all the time. The other orphans would often laugh at me and pick on me because of my differences. The nurses used to get tired of taking care of me and would put me in my own room away from everyone else. I used to imagine myself as a prince with servants and soldiers to guard my kingdom as I looked out the window to where all the other kids played outside.
At times I would wonder where my real parents were, as well as why and how they could be so cruel as to leave me. Thoughts like these always made me very angry and brought out all the tears and feelings of loss that I kept locked within. Eventually I was also neglected by the orphanage because I became ‘too difficult to handle’. In frustration I started to steal from the people who worked there, and even visitors who came by.
I was due to be moved to another foster home, reputed to have much harsher conditions than the one I was in, but a woman named Sophie, who I was initially trying to steal from, came to my rescue. Sophie was a kind, loving and ever so patient woman that I came to adore and respect. She groomed me into a well-mannered, studious and kind man. She never expected me to excel at everything I did like most Asian parents, but instead always told me to do my best and treat people how I wanted them to be treated. After several years of living with her, my medical problems became much worse. She volunteered to give me her kidney, despite all my objections, and as fate would have it, her DNA was a close match to mine. Sadly, due to unexpected complications during the surgery, she never made it out of the operating theatre that day.
Today, I am a successful businessman with a loving family of my own. I can now confidently say that I no longer wish to find my birth parents as I had a MOTHER that loves me so much that she sacrificed herself so that I could grow up and become the man she knew I would be.
Everyday I practice the values that she taught me. Trust, honor, love and faith. Here, I want to say, “I love you MOM. You are the best and your memory will always be loved and cherished. You weren’t here to see me get married but know that you have a beautiful daughter-in-law and 2 wonderful grandkids. When the kids are old enough, I will tell them everything that you’ve ever done for me, that you are the greatest mother on earth and no one or nothing will ever replace you in this world!”