I read this post today, and it struck me how differently we deal with death with our children here in the U.S. With some exceptions, we think we can somehow shelter them from it. We’re blessed that those exceptions are so few and far between that many parents can pull it off. I have friends whose kids don’t even know a pet has died – they’ve “gone to a farm” or some similar thing.
Not so in El Salvador where the author Linda is living.
Worth the read: “We are Going to the Tree“
It was another cultural learning experience for me this weekend as Nancy and I threw the Hispanic Ministry’s first baby shower. Nancy is married to Mario, the ministry leader, but like me, she’s a “Gringa” – frequently the only other one there on Sunday nights. So, yes, we’ve sorta bonded. Read the rest of this entry
Just one week ago, I was chuckling at another blogger’s humorous list of “You Know You’ve Adopted Internationally When…” and her item #4:
“you stop and pay attention whenever you hear your child’s birth country mentioned on the television or in a public place,
even if they’re just talking about the weather there.”
It’s the truth in our house! I even have Guatemala City programed into my iPhone’s weather app, and the twins check the weather there every day, right after checking our local weather to see if they can wear shorts or not. But this last week takes all the humor out of ”just talking about the weather there.” Read the rest of this entry
As El Salvador begins to implement the Children’s Law that went into effect on April 16th of this year, there have been some adjustments to the way adoptions are processed. Having gotten clarification through our agency from our attorney and facilitator there in E.S., here’s my understanding of the processes – both from the Prospective Adoptive Parents’ and the Children’s experiences. Read the rest of this entry