Musings on life's twists and turns
Posted 13 August 2005 - 09:43 PM
Yesterday we began the process of adopting Natali, 13 years old. When we met her, it was love at first sight for all of us, including my two grown children.
I thought we were finished with child rearing, but apparently not!
I'm overwhelmed by the immediacy of this decision but it feels right. She fits into our household as though she has lived here with us forever. She doesn't speak any English yet. She has never eaten broccoli. She can't believe that she gets to choose the wall color of her room. She's never played on a computer ( until last night!) But she's a risk-taker: she was chosen to be part of this adoption program and took the challenge of flying to another country and being subjected to scrutiny by scores of adults. We were warned that she is shy. But as soon as we were introduced, she made eye contact with me, smiled and never looked away.
She goes back to Colombia and the orphanage on Wednesday.
So here we go....... I'll keep you all posted on the progress. It will take at least 6 months before she can come back.
She calls me Mamita....
Donations are always gratefully accepted.
Posted 13 August 2005 - 09:57 PM
“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
Posted 13 August 2005 - 10:20 PM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 10:21 PM
I love you even more! Have I told you lately how much I love you?
My mamman was adopted at a young age and I've always wanted to do so myself. I don't know for sure if I will (gotta convince the wife, but she's an ole softy too)
Posted 13 August 2005 - 10:31 PM
All my best to you and your expanding family... can't wait for updates!
Posted 13 August 2005 - 11:07 PM
Posted 14 August 2005 - 12:01 AM
Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:09 AM
"I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members." -- Groucho Marx
Posted 14 August 2005 - 01:54 PM
When working with high heat, the first contact between the cooking surface and the food must be respected.
-- Francis Mallman
Posted 14 August 2005 - 02:44 PM
Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:31 PM
Sometimes I think maybe the massacre at Setif or worse she was abandoned.
I do not think I will ever ask her.
Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:34 PM
Long years ago, American friends here adopted four (or five, I forget now) Colombian kids from the same family, giving them a blended family of 10 kids: his, hers, and the adopted batch. If you want to correspond with them, PM me your email address and I'll send it to them. They've been through it all with these kids and are family from the heart out. They're great-hearted and generous people, just like you and your family.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:43 PM
Another relative adopted a toddler boy. The couple are a bit older and have the luxury of spending lots of time with the boy. I can only imagine going from an orphanage to loving, doting parents.