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Friday, November 12, 2010

This Says it All...


The Tongginator called her foster mother Abu. Abu ( 阿哺 ) means
"dearest auntie" in the Hakka language. And we've dubbed the
orphanage staffer who visited her foster home Ayi (also known as
Iye to six-year-old speller). Ayi ( 阿姨 ) is auntie in Mandarin, and
is a common title bestowed on orphanage caregivers.

16 comments:

lmgnyc said...

Wow TM. She is so securely attached to you that she has no fear in expressing her yearnings for China. You're doing all the right things.

Very cool TM, very cool.

Colin and Jill Canada said...

That is lovely!

A while back Lilah and I were looking through China pictures of the day we visited her SWI. And just this week Lilah told me she wants to go to China and see her wee nanny. So adorable.

Jill

Gayla said...

Beautiful and powerful.

Patricia/NYC said...

This is wonderful and so expressive! Miss K, who's been very closed mouthed about all things China in the past, has recently opened up about all of it...she started to cry the other day & said she is sad because her real home is China & she never thought about it like that before. I was am thrilled that she is starting to initiate these conversations AND that she feels safe enough to do so!

prechrswife said...

Precious...

LucisMomma said...

Aww! Hugs to both of you.

pixiemama said...

So sweet.

Aus said...

Wonderful - brilliant even - at this tender an age to know....and to trust (pat yourself and your DH on the back a little k?)

So will you take her there? It raises that question - Brianna was ready at 8 to meet her FM in Korea - and we did that last year on the way to adopt Chase!

And I have to apologize for being absent - but life gets in the way - not that you wouldn't know anything about that!

One quick comment on the tough road post - I'll mention one absolute that ALL adoptive parents MUST be able to do - we have to be "dymanic" for lack of a better word - what was helpful yesterday may (and probably will) not be helpful for our kids tomorrow - and we have to keep flexing our parenting muscles to try to stay in the game! That was something of an eye opener for me!

hugs - aus and co.

kitchu said...

that says everything. my ex MIL speaks fluent Hakka (i was married to a man who was half Chinese). that is not a word i remember, they always called her "Jean Gu" (goo), which also means aunt. maybe that one is least endearing.

anyway, i'm off topic. i love this letter.

Mamatini said...

Sweet! We are moving up our plans to take the girls to China. My brother just got a new expat assignment in ... you guessed it! China! So we will probably take the girls while they are still there, in about 2 years. Time to throw money into the travel kitty a little more aggressively!

Sunday Kofffon Taylor said...

I am so happy that Tongginator is allowed to express her feelings and that her feelings are respected.

Cedar said...

Definitely a deep thinker you have there at 6. I hope my children will feel as free to express their thoughts and feelings in our family. I wish I would go to China, too.

Patty O. said...

Wow, I am amazed at her self-awareness and ability to express it!

Kim said...

Can she go with you when you travel for your next adoption? Maybe you can work this in?

Debbie said...

I agree with the other commenters that this certainly means you are doing lots of things right.

Megan said...

So precious. I love that she has that creative outlet to get her thoughts out.