As of today, David has been in our family for longer than he lived in Haiti. As of today, he can say, "I was born in Haiti, but I've lived in the US for most of my life."
It seems like David has been a part of our home forever, but the unfortunate reality is that his adoption took a long time and he was an older orphan. David has a real history that started before he got to America.
|David using chopsticks the "American way"...LOL!|
In truth, this day is bothering David a bit too because it makes him realize how much of his younger years that he no longer remembers. And in truth, it bothers me a little too. It makes me realize just how much time he was not under our loving care and how much time he was not building memories with our family that we can share with him after he has forgotten his early years.
Despite the bitter sweetness of today, it does mean that David has been in our family for 5 of his birthdays and Christmases. This will be 4th of July #6. He is already planning what fireworks are needed with Daddy. Better yet, he doesn't remember that he was the little boy who hid in the basement his first Independence Day and he kept yelling in fear, "They coming." He wouldn't even look out a window and we all slept downstairs with him that night. This year, David will be making the noise and loving it....No one could convince me that adoption isn't one of the best outcomes after early tragedies. I'm so blessed to be a small part of it.