As we were reminded by Grandpa Wanat last week “they don’t come with instructions”.
Archives for August 2012
Add this to the list of unexpected events in our journey: we received more photos and video of Penelope from her time at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV).
During our last correspondence with Sara at SFCV she asked permission to give my email address to a volunteer from the States. This volunteer had met Penelope during one of her trips. Jenn and I agreed and wondered when we would be contacted. This week we received an email from Heather, the volunteer
Sara had mentioned to us.
A year of research, sleepless nights,and futile trips to car dealerships are over. We have the family vehicle we wanted from day 1; a Prius.
Penelope. Just say the name. It’s magical. Familiar, yet with a hint of obscurity.
I looked up her name on Wikipedia and found this quote amusing: “the Penelope Painter is recognized by his representations of her—to Roman sculpture copying or improvising upon classical Greek models, by her seated pose, by her reflective gesture of leaning her cheek on her hand…” Like the gesture she made on Gotcha Day maybe?
After weeks working off and on I am nearly done with a Shutterfly book chronicling Penelope’s first two years. We have been blessed to receive nearly two hundred photos of her, starting at roughly two months of age and going up to what we believe is the day before she was in our arms. Some were taken by staff at Shepherd’s Field, some by visitors, and some with the disposable camera’s we sent prior to our arrival. The photos taken at Shepherd’s Field were shot with a Canon EOS. Embedded in the image file are the dates and times the photos were taken. This is why I love technology.