07.09.2010 22 °C
Monday was the big day! At 9:30 am we boarded buses to the local Registrar’s office where we would actually receive the kids. We were an anxious bunch of parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and other family. Would the kids be what we were expecting? How would they react to us? Had we prepared everything correctly? Then the children started to arrive.
The youngest children seemed to adapt quickly to their new parents. A quick bride with food or a toy seemed to resolve any concerns. The older children, who had some understanding the events, seemed to accept their new situation almost as quickly. The two year olds like Levi were the most reticent and took the longest time to adjust.
Levi arrived around 11:00 and for the first 45 minutes was a most sad little boy. Lora did a great job of reassuring him and by the time we left the Registrar’s office Levi was at least beginning to trust her. Lilly was a really good little sister and, I am sure, helped Levi to trust us, at least a little. By that evening Levi was beginning to relax but at supper refused t eat. Still he went to Chris and Sue without too much hesitation. I was on the “undesirable” list.
By Tuesday morning Levi had made tremendous progress. He ate a huge breakfast and easily went to Lora, Chris and Sue. He plays with Lily. I am still on the “highly suspect” list.
After breakfast we again went to Registrar’s office to receive the Adoption Certificate. Levi is officially part of the family. More paperwork afterwards.
This afternoon the group went shopping at the Lotus Center to buy essentials for all the kids. The staff was very courteous and helpful. With the additional assistance of the CCAI hosts, we were able to get Levi what he needed.
Tomorrow we are off to visit a Shaolin Temple in the area. It should be interesting to see the real thing and not just the movie version.
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