Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmm?

Who remembers that song from the early 90's....."things that make you go hmmm"? We are nearing the 3 week mark of being in our new house and we still don't have internet. Yes..I'm addicted to the internet. I love following other adoption blogs and keeping up with the yahoo groups that I belong to (all adoption related too). When we moved we decided to do a bundle with Verizon...phone, dish TV and internet. Well the phones and TV's all work great but we having major problems with the internet. The biggest problem is that all technical calls go to India...ughhhh. Yesterday, as I was sitting on my front step in small town Ohio, a Verizon service truck went past our house with an advertisement for high speed internet on his door. I thought.....hmmmm...."If this guy driving past my house is advertising Verizon internet, then why do have to call all of the way to India to get any help. The friendly people from India now think that our 2nd modem is also bad, so we are now waiting for modem #3. I promise I will post pictures the minute I am on the computer at home.

Enough complaining. The kids went back to school yesterday....yip, yip, yipee!!!!! I just have to share a defining moment in my life. You all know those moments...the ones that get you right in the heart (sometimes good and sometimes bad). Yesterday was Rita's first day of school. She was so excited. She had went to the open house last week to meet her new teacher. Thankfully she has the same teacher that Natalie had last year, Mrs. Eilerman. Rita was pretty hyper that night. I had sent an email to Mrs. E telling her that I was very happy that Rita was going to have her but I also felt like I should give her a heads-up on some of Rita's behaviors. My best advice to Mrs. E. was to not cut her any slack and when she gets out of line to look her right in the eye and say "Rita you NEED to listen." Last, I told Mrs. E that she would enjoy watching Rita grow over this school year. I look back at the last 3 months with her and can't believe how far she has come in such a short time.

Well, Andrew, Natalie and Rita all woke up excited for school. Everyone was ready plenty early so of course I wanted to get those first day of school pictures. Rita was so happy and then had a sad moment. She was missing her friends from Armenia. I took her aside and told her that I knew that G-mama (her favorite caretaker) would be so proud of her today. She agreed "Yes, G-mama would be so happy for Rita to go to school." We loaded up in the van. I had told her the night before that mom would just drop her off at the sidewalk at school and Natalie would take her to her classroom. I didn't want to take her inside to avoid any separation issues. She hopped out of the van with a "good-bye mom......how many hours until mama picks Rita up?" She always wants to know how many hours when I leave her anywhere, anytime. Audrey, Paul and I drove away, off to enjoy our peaceful day. I thought about Rita all day long wondering how her day was going. Every time the phone rang, I ran to it thinking that it was the school and Rita was having a crisis of some sort. Nope.....I went back to the school just before they let out. I decided to park the car and walk up to the courtyard area. One of the aides was already out waiting for the kids, she said that it looked like Rita was having a good day any of the times that she had saw her. Natalie had been asked to pick Rita up at her room (their rooms are right beside of each other). Both girls came out together but as soon as Rita saw me she started running full speed. She was squealing in total delight "mama, mama, mama, I love you, I love school." Everyone was staring but hey, who cares. I bent down and scooped her up with a HUGE lump in my throat and my heart about to burst. It is an amazing feeling for me to know that this little person from such humble beginnings loves me so much. It is really hard for me to put in words this joyful moment. Once we were done hugging she said "Mom, Rita good girl." Natalie had caught up with us by then and she said "yes, Mrs. E. said to tell mom that Rita was good and had a good day." When we got home she had to get her "home" folder out right away and she told me that she HAD to take it back to school tomorrow (to me this meant that she had been paying attention to the teacher's instructions). There was a note from Mrs. E saying what a great day Rita had. She said that Rita seemed a little confused when she was instructing the entire class but once she told her what to do individually she seemed to understand what Mrs. E. was saying. I can't wait to share pictures from her first day of school...plus our visit with her best friend from the orphanage. I still need to share pictures from Andrew's 10th birthday too. This whole moving thing has thrown me for a loop.

9 comments:

mom 2 many said...

awww that was so sweet. I have tears....

This whole moving thing stinks here, too! Internet works sometimes ;-)

Cindy said...

I am so glad to hear that Rita is doing so well and has really bonded with you. I know with the older kids there is always fear of attachment issues. I know you are all blessings to each other. Can't wait to see pictures!

Cindy

Mom2JosephLilyRoseJack said...

Hey Alison,

It's been a long time. Glad things are going so well for you and the family. Congratulations on the move. I am so happy to hear that Rita is doing so well.

Hope to talk with you soon.


Lisa

Kathy said...

That is a terrific update! May the school year be a success for each of your kiddos! (And may your internet get fixed ASAP!) ;)

Sonia said...

Hi Alison,

I love hearing updates about Rita!! I'm glad she had a good first day of school. As I read your post, I could feel your anxiety of wondering how her day went. I sounds like she is adapting well...horray!

Sonia

Kay Bratt said...

Oh my! That is so sweet. It makes me long for the days my girls were little and would show affection so freely. Now they are 13 and 17-- and too cool to proclaim publicly how much they love their mama! Enjoy those moments...

Kay

JKI said...

what a beautiful story Alison! I'm so happy that she is settling into school and enjoying it so very much :)

Tenneh said...

Did Rita get into the Ft. Recovery school then? It's so great when they enjoy school. Tyler and Trevor just love school. Sounds like your bonding is going great!

Roy said...

Alison:
Your website should have music playing on it...when I was reading the Rita first day/pick-up story I swear I could hear the Chariot of Fire music playing in the background! We are so happy for all of you! ohohoh-And welcome to the family Mulan the cat!