Today, 7 years ago -we adopted our wonderful daughter. She was 7 years old -so she has now shared half her life with us.
I’ll never forget her tiny face with those huge dark eyes, and the short crop of black hair. As she ran down the hall, her smile was beaming. I was looking at my daughter, and I loved her.
The honeymoon stage didn’t last long, and we began our long journey of bringing this little girl to a safe place, where she could thrive, and grow, confident and strong. As challenging as these moments may have been -most on the outside never knew the struggles she faced. That bright eyed child could instantly turn from hysteria -to the bright eyed child that greeted us that first day.
The day after L came home, we took her to the zoo. It has always been a special treat, for me, to spend time with the animals. M (our other 14 year old -was plenty use to walking around the zoo. We’d gone regularly, since her birth.
L struggled, grew tired. She tried to smile, but she still didn’t know how. Her mouth was crooked, and solemn. Her life had been so much different then ours. She learned to read, and write from the TV, that had been her constant companion. Her small, frail legs, lacked muscle. Her daddy picked her up and placed her on his shoulders. What a goofy girl she became.
Now, looking back -I can see just how far she has come -and where I believe she will go. She is brighter than the average, and she soars through our hearts. From that first day, until now -I cherish each moment. The good, the bad, and the very ugly -they have been part of this journey to find happiness, confidence, life, and joy.
To my L -Saranghae (I love you)
In your mystical eyes, dark pearls of knowing
A broken story lies in shattered pieces.
The dragon whispers of fires burning
In a land of nothingness –running nowhere.
Captured light in a bright world
Fearlessness in happiness
Believing in tenderness
Pleased in me.
I breathe, I am
I seek, I know
I trust, I can
I love, loved!