As soon as we arrived we were greeted by some of the nannies and teachers at the school. They have a school in the orphanage which as a teacher myself, this warmed my heart. It was set up so well and the teachers are SO affectionate with the children. That helps with attachment later believe it or not. We walked upstairs to her class where all her friends cheered as she walked in. We were not allowed to video which stunk because there were some tender moments. Plus the children broke my heart. All of the children had some type of special need ..most of them had Down Syndrome, but there were a variety including Downs, blindness, deafness, cleft palate, and skin disorders. These were the throw aways in this society and it broke our hearts, but we know that God created them and loves them very much.
Talia passed candy out to each one of her friends. We took lots of pictures and exchanged lots of hugs. We didn't know this before, but she lived with foster parents during the night and weekend and attended the orphanage school on Monday -Friday. Her foster mom came to the orphanage and her sign language teacher too. Talia only knows a few Chinese signs, but no American signs......YET!
After a long time of looking at her classroom, taking pictures, and talking, we said our goodbyes. Talia was very emotional as she said her goodbyes to the people that she truly loved as her family. All I could do was hold her and wipe away her tears. It was heartbreaking! We left and went to her"finding spot." This is where she was abandoned three years ago. It was at the Maoming bus station. We took pictures and prayed that Talia would forget that pain that she had there.
Phew...what a long day. We had to drive back to Guangzhou so we loaded up and got on the road. Talia felt better in the car and even gave me a few smiles. Five hours later, we arrived back in the hotel, ordered a quick bite of you guessed it, fried rice. Talk to ya'll soon.
|Here is Toby's haircut handiwork.|
|Her foster mom and sign language teacher who happen to be sisters.|
|Mao SiRu , her Chinese name|
|Her finding spot|
|These toilets are reserved for handicapped people or American ladies who refuse to go in the gross squatty pottys.|