Nora, our little Colombian princess, is fitting in so well to our family, crazy as we are. One of her English sentences is “_________ is funny!” Fill in a family member’s name when appropriate! We do laugh a lot and that’s a good thing. Laughter is healing. Everyone could use some healing.
We are somewhat into a routine these days, being our sixth week home from Colombia. Nora is still sad on days when she discovers Daddy is gone to work, but thrilled to talk to him on the phone. THAT is one funny conversation to listen to… Spanish on one end and English on the other. I listen and laugh.
One of our routines is morning bath time. I shower first and as soon as I’m dressed I get the bathtub ready for Nora. Depending on how hurried our morning is, she may or may not get bubble bath. Her bath toys consist of “the pirates who don’t do anything” from VeggieTales and their ship. She plays while I do my hair and make-up. Today she was scrubbing the soap up and down her arms when she paused and told me that her brown arms were no good and my white arms are good. I explained in lame Spanish that I love her brown arms and legs! I told her they are beautiful and they are mommy’s favorite color. If she only knew how much I’ve spent on fake tanning beds and rub-on tans! It made me sad because I didn’t know if it is part of a phase that she is going through…. saying the opposite of what is true…. or the truth. She isn’t a whole lot darker than her daddy…. I wonder what she would say about his arms?
I didn’t plan on starting Nora with schooling until her English improves (or shows up!) But she is so eager to “do school” with the boys! Under duress, I purchased a curriculum for her in the coloring book section at Walmart… on clearance for $3.97. Imagine how thorough it is! Now she sits at the kitchen table with us fills in her pages with numbers and letters. I pray she is always this interested in learning! It will serve her well!
Anyway, lately we have more days full of smiles than days stained with tears.