Monday, December 20, 2010
6 Years Ago Today
We were standing in the Civil Affairs office in Guangzhou China.
We were nervous. We were excited.
We were wondering if this was even real.
We had that picture. Oh that picture. The chubby cheeks. The sweet little bow mouth. The chubby looking legs and arms.
Our travel mates were nervous too.
It was a small group of just two families from our agency. Chaos was at a minimum even though emotions were running very high.
And in walked Ms. Tangs assistant, Michelle.
Your name was called out and I walked forward.
And Michelle placed the tiniest, skinniest little 7 1/2 month old baby in my arms.
I was in total shock.
I did not even recognize you.
Where was the baby from the picture????
There were no chubby cheeks. No chubby arms or legs.
Just those eyes and that little bow mouth.
And the smallest almost 8 month old baby I had ever seen.
Weighing in at LESS than 12 pounds.
(You must understand that I gave birth to 9.4 and 8.15 lb babies. They hit 12lbs by 3 months easy.)
Running through my head was the thought that this was not a baby ... it was a doll! I really was shocked.
And then you looked at me.
And you frowned, leaned forward, and reached for the red hair.
As you were reaching, you looked over into my eyes.
And threw your hands back and arched your back to put distance between us.
And that is how our story begins my Mouse.
One of the greatest love stories of my life.