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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A sad but funny story from our family life

I just wanted to share a funny story that just happened in our family. It is sad in a way, but also funny. Our son Kedus, who we adopted in 2008, is in Kindergarten this year. We were eating dinner and my girls (11 and 13) were talking about lunch at school. Kedus pipes up and says "I'm glad it is going to be a long long long time before I have to have lunch at school." So why is that I ask. The girls are busy telling him that it is only next school year and that is not that far away. He looks really worried. He makes this "fish" face when he is worried. He says "Do you have to pay for it everyday?" They tell him yes, you can't get lunch for free." I ask him again, so why are you worried about eating lunch at school? He says "well, I don't know if I will have enough money to buy lunch. I will have to save up a long time." He looks like he might cry. He LOVES his food. When we brought him home he was nearly 4 and wearing 18-24 month clothing. You better bet he values eating. He is a lot bigger now and missing lunch might be good for him sometimes. (just kidding). Well, I put my arm around him and tell him that mommy and daddy will be sure he gets lunch just like we are sure his sisters get lunch. I tell him again that we pay for it just like we pay for everything else for him. He will always have what he needs. I promise, we shake on it, he goes back to eating his dinner a much happier kid.
My daughters who are my bio kids would never have thought of this. In fact they could not believe he had just said that. They kept pointing out all the things none of them have to provide for themselves.  Just one more way we see the effects of having been an orphan even 2.5 years out. Breaks my heart. I know he trusts us and knows we provide for him, but in this very basic way he showed us that down deep there are still the old ways.
Ok, there is my funny but sad tale.

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