Parenthood
Sick mom asks nurse that’s a stranger to adopt her son & agrees. Yrs later boy opens up about upbringing
The sick mom shortly passed, leaving her 8-year-old son to grow up with a stranger that wasn't family.
Cherie Gozon
05.19.22

It is true. There are angels living among us.

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We find them in the kindness of strangers who pass by us each day. Even the smallest, simplest things they do – a smile or hello, or opening the door for us. It was never about how big or small the action is, but the intent and the joy it brings to others.

Tricia Seaman was an oncology nurse who went above and beyond to help a patient.

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The patient was Tricia Somers, who was suffering from terminal cancer. She was a single mom with an eight-year-old son Wesley. It was a coincidence that these two have the same first names, but that won’t be the only thing they have in common.

When Seaman knew of Somers’s condition, she didn’t know how to break the news.

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“What do you say to somebody?” Seaman told CBS in an interview. “She’s 45 years old. So, I just gave her a hug, and she said, ‘I have something that I need to ask you.'”

Her question? “Can you take my son? Will you raise him if I die?”

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This came as a surprise for Seaman. They were two strangers, but Somers entrusted her with something so precious and important to her. Seaman’s husband and Somers’s family agreed, and Somers died shortly after.

That was eight years ago. Fast forward to 2022, and Somers’s son is now a grown-up.

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Before Somers died, she made sure that Wesley would still feel her love though she was gone. She left those gifts to Seaman so she could give them to her son on his birthday every year.

Wesley just turned 16 and now has a driving learner’s permit.

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Seaman gave his gift for that year, and it was perfect. It was a keychain for when he gets his first car. Engraved on it were the words ‘Drive Safely! Love, Mom.’

Through this simple gesture, both patient and nurse were still taking care of Wesley together.

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This decision may have been difficult for Seaman and Somers, but they knew it was in Wesley’s best interest. And seeing the man he has become now, it was no mistake to entrust her son to Seaman.

When asked what he thought of his mother’s decision, Wesley said:

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“I think it was the only thing she could think to do. And I’m thankful every day that she made that decision.”

As it turned out, Wesley was in good hands.

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Seaman said he grew up as a straight-A student and a model child. He plays the piano, too. But there was one thing that she commended Wesley greatly: it was his kindness.

“He’s exceptional, but the most important thing is he just has such a kind and loving heart.”

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We bet this speaks a lot about how both Seaman and Somers raised Wesley. That one favor Somers asked of Seaman and the decision to take that sweet eight-year-old boy in were all acts of love. A love that he would carry and wrap around him for the rest of his life.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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