The computer is such a marvelous device when combined with the internet (thank you, Al Gore) and Skype. We have been able to see our family back in the USofA and in Canada. We’ve introduced them to their new Colombian family member and Nora has seen her Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. It makes South America not seem so far from home. It has made this stressful-happy time not so stressful and more happy.
Then two nights ago our computer charging cord gave up the ghost. Died. Kaput. Do not resuscitate. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. I had a bit of fear and misgivings about three more weeks without contact with home. How would we know how much weight our dog has gained at our friend’s house? And how would our family know if we were alive or dead? Yesterday our guide took my teenage daughter and myself way across town to the north side of Cali. There is a mall there that is solely filled with electronics stores. EVERY single store had computers for sale…. and cords. Thank God! We were able to find the one we needed… and it wasn’t even a fake brand made in Taiwan! It was an original Compaq brand made in China! We were only without contact for 24 hours, and our family didn’t even know there was a crisis. They thought we were ignoring them. :o)
We also took the Colombian princess to buy some tennis shoes. The shoes we brought are all too small, with the exception of the sandals that I bought for her four years ago when we started the adoption process. We were at Payless Shoesource in 2006 and it was B1G1 50% off. Larisa picked out a pair of shoes and I couldn’t find any for myself…. so I wandered over to the little girls section and found these gems:
They have been sitting on the computer desk all this time…. collecting dust… waiting for the princess. Her little brown toes look adorable in them!
Back to the story, we were buying shoes and explained that she needed warm shoes for when we go to Bogota in a couple of weeks. It is cold and rainy there and the elevation is 8,355 ft. COLD especially after being in balmy Cauca Valley her whole life. After we picked out the shoes, she asked, “What clothes are we going to buy for me to wear in Bogota?” HAHAHA! A true shopper! But, sorry, sweetheart, mommy brought warm clothes for you!
We are enjoying the swimming pool every day for the few hours the sun is shining. We are relishing the Colombian food! We are taking naps almost every day! We could get used to this! Nora is doing so well with us and the kids. She SOOOOO was ready for a family!