Sunday


This time last year, we were in China, eagerly anticipating our first meeting with the girl who would be forever after our daughter. Hard is it may seem to believe, in the flurry of the past year with the Q, I have forgotten the exact dates. The 26th of July sticks in my mind, so maybe that was the day of our meeting. I have the dates somewhere, of course, but life is too full and busy right now for me to search for the details. This photo is from a day or two after our initial adoption day. Though it looks outdoors, this photo was actually in the picture window of our hotel room at the White Swan, overlooking the Pearl River. I have read some bad reviews of the rooms at the White Swan, but the room we were given was quite spectacular (and may have been more bearable for us since we are accustomed to and enjoy beds with hard matresses). We felt in the lap of luxury. I have always loved this image, for its tenderness and intimacy, and for the emotional frailty of both father and daughter at this moment. He is concerned, trying to give her comfort and solace. She is pushing against him just slightly, exerting her independence while still enjoying the safety of his embrace and support.

Oh, that tiny girl, so brave and resilient and, even then, willing to dive into new experiences wholeheartedly, eager to give us a chance, and to laugh and smile at every opportunity.

7 comments:

Jeanne-ming said...

Oh Maia. This is one of those occassion when I wish I was a writer. What word could I use to describe how this photograph you captured of Q and her Papa touched my heart. This is by far the most intimate photo you have ever posted. Thank you for letting me watch you through this keyhole. This photos is incredible. It says EVERYTHING.

A Happy Anniversary.

FDChief said...

I agree about your picture; you have captured that gossamer veil of desire and hesitation that comes down over us the moment these little people come to our hands.

I, too, have no firm memory of the first moment we held the frail little girl with the big eyes and crewcut. Only that she, and that time, and those feelings - exhaustion, hope, fear, love, uncertainty - will remain with me as long as I live.

As will yours.

Blessings to you three on your first year together. And may there be many more happy years to come.

MotherMotherOcean said...

It goes by so fast. All the best.

rosemary said...

Gorgeous picture and a gorgeous post. Happy one year family anniversary!!

lovepics said...

strong and beautiful words...
the picture is incredible...

Capucha said...

I love that picture so much...Beautiful. Thank you :-)

silver said...

I couldn't help but cry... how sweet and tender love is...