He’s 3 today.
My little brother; the one I first saw in an orphanage in the middle of China. The one with the white faux-hawk. The one who I saw start opening his eyes at 5 months. The one that I held and fed for 2 months before he had a mommy & daddy. The one I had to leave. The little boy that kept me longing for China and that I later passed into the arms of our parents. The one that I got to spend 7 months with before I was brought back to China. The one that grew my love for orphans by simply existing.
The little boy that I miss more & more everyday.
He is 3, now.
2.5 years since I first saw him and his life has changed drastically & he has changed many.
In 3 short years, he went from a life with his birth parents, to a night outside the orphanagegates, to several months in CCAI’s Lily Rooms, to life with a very loving foster mom, to his life now with his forever family; a mom, dad, and 4 siblings who are smitten with him.
This boy is so smart. [& we don’t have the same genes, so I’m not even obligated to say that.] He learned to spell his name soon after he turned 2. He knows almost all of his letters; their sounds; and can point them out to you. He can count. Colors are old news to him. His memory; oh, Simon’s memory. He remembers anything you tell him! And he is FUNNY. Just yesterday he told me, “I am fat and crunchy because I eat carrots.” Who knows where that came from?
I can’t believe time has moved this fast, but I love that I have been able to watch him grow into the boy he is today. The boy that so many people love & adore.
You are so special to me. I long for the day that I will hug and kiss you every day just because I can. You are the most handsome little boy that I have ever laid eyes on. Brother, I thought I loved you when I first met you, but you have shown me just how much love can grow. I promise you that, despite anything you do, every minute I get to spend with you makes me love you even more. You have me wrapped around your little finger and I’m not even ashamed because that’s what big sisters are for!
I thank God for you everyday, Simon. I get almost giddy thinking about watching you grow into a man; a man that seeks after the Father’s heart. I know He has big plans for you, and I can’t wait to stand beside you as those plans unfold.
It won’t be too much longer until we can walk hand in hand! Wait for me.
(the first day with him after I got back to China)
I love you to China & back, Simon.