SCHOOL IS STARTING.
AND THIS WEEK'S WEDNESDAY'S CHILD IS VERY EXCITED
FOR THE NEW YEAR.
ELIJAH HASN'T HAD THE SAME PATH AS MOST OTHER SOPHOMORES..
BUT HE IS READY FOR THAT PATH TO LEAD TO AN ADOPTIVE
AS KXLY 4'S ROBYN NANCE TELLS US.
THAT PATH WILL BE FULL OF SURPRISES
RACING GAMES WERE THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR ELIJAH
WHEN WE MET UP AT GAMEWORKS ARCADE.
HE BEAT ME AT EVERY TURN...
i like to play video games.
i like to play football.
and i like to surprise people
15 YEAR OLD ELIJAH IS FULL OF SURPRISES!
i like to hide behind the corner and scare them.
and then also i like to surprise them.
ELIJAH IS TALKING ABOUT BUYING A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY
PRESENT FOR HIS FAVORITE PERSON AT HIS HOME.
HE HAS A PART TIME JOB AND HAS BEEN SAVING UP.
JUST FOR HER
it's gotta be something special.
she's probably the nicest person to me
THAT'S THE KIND OF PERSON ELIJAH IS.
HE IS KIND AND GIVING.
AND MAKES OTHERS FEEL SPECIAL
i care about everybody i know
EMPATHY DRIVES ELIJAH TO WORK HARD IN SCHOOL, GET
GOOD GRADES AND SET GOALS
i see a homeless person, i feel really bad.
sometimes maybe they didn't have a chance
i don't want that to happen to me
HE'S HAD ENOUGH HAPPEN TO HIM.
HE'S BEEN IN FOSTER CARE FOR YEARS.
THROUGH NO FAULT OF HIS OWN.
HE'S MOVED IN AND OUT OF 6 OR 7 HOMES
i was depressed.
i had been at a placement for a month and a half and
but i got attached to the people there.
after having that happen to you so much.
ruins your perspective on thing
AS HE'S MATURED, ELIJAH SAYS HE COPES BY FINDING WAYS
TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THOSE HE'S BEFRIENDED.
are you bitter.
angry? sad? sometimes, yeah
DURING THE SAD TIMES, ELIJAH SEEKS OUT HELP
i find someone i can express my feelings to.
and i try to let it go.
HE ALSO LOOKS AHEAD.
TO HIS FUTURE AS A MARINE BIOLOGIST.
AND HIS FUTURE WITH AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY.
MAYBE SOME SIBLINGS.
AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL
i want them to care about me...
i have a lot of.
a lot of love to give out.
WITH WEDNESDAY'S CHILD.
I'M ROBYN NANCE, KXLY4 NEWS.