Whether it’s go karts, bowling, or basketball, Thomas loves action. This 16 year-old’s smile lights up a room, especially when he is doing a fun activity that can burn up some energy. His recent experience driving go karts at CrackerJax combined fun with his love for driving and competition. “The first time I got in that go kart I knew I was going to have fun,” he said. “I thought I was the best racer because I was ahead of the other driver for most of the time.”
Thomas readily admits he likes being the best he can be. He gets a genuine sense of pride when he does something well. “If it’s something I know I can do, I push myself to do it,” he explained. He also highly values praise from others. Whether participating in sports, helping around his foster home, or doing well at school, positive feedback from others motivates him. “I love being encouraged. It’s great knowing someone cares,” Thomas said.
This ninth grader likes school and making friends. He considers himself a good friend, one who can be trusted by other people. If a classmate is having a tough time, Thomas uses humor to raise their spirits, like saying “Don’t laugh!” in goofy voices until they start to giggle. As far as classes at school, it’s no surprise that physical education is his favorite subject. And he has learned to ask his teachers for help when he needs it and appreciates their assistance.
Away from school, he enjoys video games, watching TV and movies, sports, listening to music, and going to the water park. In the future, he would love to add traveling to his list of hobbies, including visiting other countries. His international wish list includes going to Africa to watch big game animals and to Egypt to see the pyramids.
But for right now, his greatest desire is to have a normal family. In his mind’s eye the attributes of a “normal family” are straightforward: “to be able to call the parents Mom and Dad; to be able to talk about private stuff; to celebrate my birthday and holidays; and to provide me a home with love, understanding, and joking,” he explained. Ideally, his forever family would have both a mom and dad; older siblings would be great, too.
What would Thomas give to his forever family? He doesn’t hesitate, saying, “I would bring them love and understanding, and make them laugh.”
Thomas is ready to start the next phase of his life and to make new memories with his permanent family. He is eager “to feel like I’m in a real family, and not a family I’m temporarily staying in; to know that I’m in a forever home.”
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