Penelope is sick. We knew she was in bad shape last Wednesday when Penelope asked (asked!) to visit the doctor. She’s not even three. I didn’t know a young child could make a decision like that. The next day we were in the exam room. Penelope was a trooper. She went through the standard exam […]
Archives for February 2013
A man pounded a large drum. Penelope clasped her hands to her ears. “Too loud” she said. I tried to let her know what was happening when a masked man appeared next to us. As I began talking a large red creature emerged, towered over the masked man. It shook, mouth open, ready to eat the first […]
Our first adoption related event (non-agency related) is now a memory. Families with Children from China (FCC)-Atlanta chapter, hosted their annual Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration Saturday evening. Throughout the festivities a thought kept running through my mind: Are these girls, specifically the ones 13 and over, uncomfortable? Do they feel honored or scrutinized? I know […]
Penelope is in bed. It sounds like she’s howling. Maybe she’s playing with her bedtime toys or imagining life as a wild animal. Perhaps it’s a declaration to Jenn and I. “I AM AWAKE. HEAR ME HOWL!” That’s our girl. Now. Not a few months ago. So much has changed.
Regardless of how much I love Penelope I struggle to give her my full attention. It takes a conscious effort to pull away from the computer, the iPhone, a magazine, and most difficult of all, my thoughts. There are times when Penelope has my complete attention. Too often I am telling myself “pay attention, this […]