Monday, July 14, 2014

YJ Girls

One evening of China Camp we had a reunion with some of Katherine's orphanage "sisters". When we traveled to meet Katherine, there were seven other families from our adoption agency traveling with us. Our babies all lived in the same orphanage in the city of Yangjiang and were all about the same age. I realized then that the YJ girls shared a connection with each other, a tie to a time and a place before they were ours, and I vowed to help Katherine maintain those ties to her first friends. Ten years later, we still get together once a year and those reunions always make my heart happy.

This year, our gathering was small. Just four of the girls could come - Emily, Hannah, Katherine, and Sophie. I first saw their faces in referral photos, joyously emailed among the travel group parents. I was in the room when each baby girl met her family. I have watched them grow up with more than a passing interest. I love these girls!
Our reunion was pretty low key this year. We went to Sophie's house to talk and eat sandwhiches and root beer floats. The girls chased each other around the house and holed up in a corner giggling. The adults chatted and watched the girls interact. We love these chances to be together as much as the kids do. After supper, we walked to the neighborhood pool to let the girls swim.
At some point, there was the happy discovery that if you blow in one end of a pool noodle, water will squirt out the other end.
The tactical uses of this were quickly realized!
The girls would have stayed all night. (And I would have, too.)
I am so glad that these girls are still a part of Katherine's life. Sometimes the oldest friends are the best!





 

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