Every orphanage has a budget which makes for some difficult decisions by the orphanage director. Medical care costs money. Which child if given medical care will get better? Paperwork costs money. Which child if gotten paper ready would be adopted? The orphanage director in Maoming saw a sick child who would need several surgeries and leg braces and thought – he is worth that investment. When she looked at her budget and chose which children to prepare for adoption she looked at our boy and thought – a family will surely choose him.
Forever I will be in her debt.
Two beggars sit outside the hotel we have been staying in while completing our paperwork. One is missing his leg and the other has severally clubbed feet. Every time I walk by them I feel like weeping. If the orphanage director had not seen the potential in Isaac that is what could have become of him. Instead our Little Man is packed and ready to start his new life in the States.
The orphanage director handed me a thick book of photos, medical files and x-rays, gifts from the nannies and asked me for my email address. “Would we send photos of Xunxun as he grows?” I assured her we would and promised to send her a video of him walking. Tears flooded her eyes as she shook my hand.
I am not sure that I could ever tell her “thank you” in a way that would convey how deeply I feel in debt to this woman. But, as I stood there looking into the eyes of the director – we both understood. We are two women who have seen something amazing in this boy and know that he is worth it all.
Adoption update: Today they handed us the last of all of our documents. IT IS FINISHED!! We are now packed up and ready for the journey home. In a few short hours we will board the plane and start Little Man’s new life as part of a family.