A Home For Lucy by Kipaya Kapiga, writer for Boston Children's Hospital

For a 18-month-old girl, Lucy Schurman has very grownup tastes. It’s a cold, blustery December evening in Brookline, Mass., and the precocious toddler sits in a bright yellow child seat in a spacious, warmly lit kitchen, eating chunks of avocado.

“Chili is her favorite food,” her mother Jeana comments to Pam Lodish, who is tending to food on the stove. “But she’ll eat almost anything, kalamata olives or grapefruit. She even loves curry and handles spicier stuff better than her dad.”

As Lucy eats, a playful Bernese mountain dog saddles up beside her and the two enter a heated staring match, only broken up by Lucy’s dad, Mark, who leans in to feed her another piece of avocado.

The entire scene is enough to inspire a “home is where the heart is” greeting card, except the Schurmans’s house is 1,000 miles away. Though you’d never guess it from watching them interact, the Schurman and Lodish families have only know each other for a single year—one of the hardest years Jeana and Mark could ever imagine. Full story »