We arrived home on Sunday evening on schedule and with our baggage, as did Chris, Lora and Lily. It was a very long journey both in time and distance but very rewarding. Given the purpose of our trip it does not seem appropriate to say we had a "good time".
If you look at the early pictures of Levi you will see a rather timid and anxious little boy. If you look at the latest pictures of Levi you will see a very active and smiling little boy. You will, in other words, see a very normal little boy.He is a very sharp and astute little guy. He likes to "build" and put things together. I expect that when he gets home he will have another period of adjustment but I am sure that within a very few days he will be his normal self.
Obviously by the time of this photo Levi had decided I was OK.
Lily is being a good older sister. She plays with Levi and shares her toys. However, she does get a little unhappy if she perceives that she is not getting enough attention. After all, she is used to being the center of attention. Lily is also a very active and outgoing little girl. She is very smart and pretty much zips through her homework (her teacher sent it along).
Someone asked me if we loved our adopted grandchildren the same as our natural grandchildren. The answer is unequivocally yes. The adopted kids are every bit as much a part of our family as our other grandchildren. I can understand the question, I had often wondered about the answer myself but once we actually met the kids there was no doubt that they were our own.
Chris & Lora
I have to give Chris and Lora, plus all the other adopting parents, my sincere respect and admiration for reaching out and adopting these children. The very adoption process is a commitment of time and resources that is more difficult in many than having children naturally. I am sure that each person has their specific reason for being there but that does not take away from the generous commitment that each family is making. The Consulate reported processing 3,000 adoptions in the last year (down from 5,000 when Lily was adopted) which I think demonstrates that their are a lot of good people seeking to make homes for these kids. The photo is our group in Guangzhou.
China is still a mix of high tech manufacturing and very low tech manufacturing. China has great airports and good air service but people still can't drink the water and electriciy supply can be problematical. There is a modern transportation system but traffic congestion is so bad that in Beijing driving is restricted to one day a week. There is an abundance of electric bikes and scooters traveling the sidewalks. There are too many cars for them to take to the streets. In other words, it is a country that is advancing quickly but still has a long way to go in improving the standard of living for the average family.
China is certainly proud of its progress and anticipates the day when it will be the world's leading economy.
I have been there on both business and pleasure, I would probably not choose to go back unless, of course, someone in the family decided to adopt another child.
I will be posting slide shows of journey on another site and will link it to here. Probably next week sometime.
Good by and thanks for sharing in our journey.