May 17th, 2011

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Gifts a young boy would give his mother

Setting: A fictional world (World of Warcraft's Azeroth), but it really could be any rural/forest area. Stereotypical medieval, with a smattering of higher tech stuff tossed in.

Character is a teenager, though is emotionally disabled (sort of, it's a long story but basically he stopped maturing mentally/emotionally at 5-6-ish years old). He spends much of his time alone in a city or the forest (has access to trees, a lake, open grassy areas, usual wildlife). He has next to no money.

The character is a worgen (WoW's werewolf race), so he can catch rabbits and bugs and such to keep from starving, and keep himself from being eaten by other things. A couple has semi-adopted him, and the woman is just starting to click as 'mother' in his mind.

What would a boy 5-6 years old with no money and unlikely to steal give as a gift? I've thought of things like pretty rocks, flowers, feathers, but it seems like kids often come up with better gifts? I rarely interact with children so I'm totally lost on this, but I seem to recall stories and LJ posts about special (or horrible!) gifts little boys have given. (Or are they special just because they came from the child?)

Searched Google with:
"what do little kids give as gifts", "gifts kids give", "my son gave me". Unfortunately most of the results for the first two were things to give to kids. The final search gave me things that were unrelated ("a reason to live") or too high tech (computers, etc).
"found in my son's pocket" and "my son brought home" weren't helpful either (though a surprising number of sons bring home a white|black woman!).
I also checked the comm's tags.

Legitimization of illegal immigrant minors

Setting: Washington State, 1984
Search terms tried: illegal immigrant legitimized, illegal alien become legal, illegal immigrant route to legal residency, illegal immigrant under 18, also browsed the US's Immigration Services website

My characters are both sixteen and entered the US illegally without their parents. I want them to get legitimized, preferably without having to leave the US. Was this possible in the 80s? One of the characters has an aunt and uncle who are US citizens, so they're staying with them and also working at the uncle's restaurant. The other character has no relatives in the US. Neither characters' legal guardians from their home country are involved in their lives; they are runaways no one is looking for.

If adoption by the aunt and uncle is an option, it's further complicated by the fact that the two teens are boyfriend and girlfriend, and ideally would like to get married someday. (I just couldn't pick something easy to write about, could I? *weep*)

I'm going nuts trying to research this topic because it's such a heated political issue now and we're living in a post 9/11 world, AND I'm basically trying to find out how to do something illegal... little_details, you're my only hope!