Posted on Apr 28, 2016
By Ellie Laks, Founder of The Gentle Barn
Miles hosted his very first group of foster kids this month. We started the group by telling the kids Miles and Maybelle’s story: they were separated, cried for each other for days, and were finally reunited to spend the rest of their lives together at The Gentle Barn Tennessee.
We explained to the kids that when we took Maybelle home, not knowing Miles was her baby, Miles felt abandoned, rejected, hurt, and alone; thinking his mom had gone off and left him and didn’t care about him. Meanwhile back at The Gentle Barn, Maybelle was crying for her baby and begging us to find him. We told the kids that when they are feeling alone and abandoned they can remember the story of Miles and Maybelle and know that someone out there is looking for them too. Whether it's their biological parents, their adoptive family, or maybe friendships that have yet to form, there is someone out there waiting for them. They are always loved and never alone!
After our talk, the kids fed Miles cookies. Up until then, Miles has been scared of people, but he ate out of every child’s hand and even let them pet him. This was a giant step forward to Miles' happily ever after as an ambassador and a forever part of our family! We are so proud of him! Miles gave the children hope that day, and because of his story, the kids left The Gentle Barn a little bit brighter.