Last night after bedtime stories, songs and prayers - just as I was leaving the bedroom, Chicka says to me ....
"When you go to Ch*na to bwing Ji-Ji home?"
"As soon as Ch*na says I can go."
"Oh. Just like us, Mama?"
"Uh - a little girl like you, sweetie? When Ch*na told me I could come get you?
"No, Mama - a ofin gull (orphan girl), mama, wif no Mom or Dad."
I got choked up so fast that I couldn't answer for a bit. Our children put ideas together so fast - sometimes correctly, sometimes not so.
Yes, we have talked using the word orphan, but never directly saying that they were orphans. Yes, they know that they have a Mom and a Dad in Ch*na who couldn't take care of them, that is why God chose us to be a family together.
Somehow though, coming from MY daughter's mouth, it hurt my mama's heart so much that MY sweetie knows that she was once an orphan.
Thankfully, an orphan no longer.