When Thomas Brooks was eleven years-old his single-parent mother
told him who much she loved him and that he was adopted. The news shocked
him for a while but he realised how much he was loved by his extensive
family and put the matter to the back of his mind.
Years later with a brilliant education behind him and the blessing of
his adoptive mother Joan, Thomas set out on a journey of discovery to
find his biological parents. He had no idea that journey would take him
around the world, from the United states all the way to Britain and Kenya.
He also had no idea that his odyssey would profoundly change his life
and the lives of three very culturally different families.
When Thomas took up the quest to find his biological parents he was surprised
to find that his birth mother was a white American descended from Lithuanian
Jews and his birth father
was from Kenya and had been a 26 year-old foreign student at the time
of his birth. Thomas was in fact mixed-race.
A Wealth Of Family traces Thomas' life from his welcome into his adoptive
parents home full circle to the meeting of his birth parents, extended
birth family and the cross-cultural relationships that developed as a
result of those reunions.
There is no doubt that Thomas Brooks has been extremely lucky in life,
even being adopted has not had a negative effect. The
sacrifices his adoptive mother made, often going without food so that
he could eat, fueled his eagerness to do well in school and change the
way that African American's were viewed by society. He returned the helping
hand that others gave him by investing his spare time in the youth, helping
to raise their self-esteem and empowered many to aspire to higher things.
say that you create your own luck and if determination to succeed and
a genuine interest in the well-being of others are the
secrets to success in life then it is no wonder that this young man has
led such a satisfying one.
A Wealth Of Family leaves you with a warm feeling towards Thomas and
his family but more than that it leaves you with a sense of happiness
and hope that somehow their love and understanding of one another will
touch your life in a similar way.