|Dad signing paperwork|
|Mom signing paperwork|
But, in the end, we have a very nice offical certificate of adoption!
After leaving there, we went straight to the Bureau of Public Safety--- you guessed it---the Police Station! (When Colin heard that we were going there, his ears perked right up! I don't blame him after all he's been through). This is where the passport photos were taken and passports fees were paid.
Thanks to a very persistent Orphanage teacher, we were served right away and did not have to wait in the long lines there.
|A picture of a picture taking!|
Then, on to lunch... I wish I had remembered to take a photo of the outside where the name was. We had a great meal that the guide helped us order. Fried sweet & sour pork (crunchy), seasoned green beans (Spicy & SO good!), dumplings dipped in soy sauce w/ garlic and white rice.
|Enjoying lunch- on right- our driver|
We ate very well for lunch, so dinner was KFC in the room! LOL The funniest thing about the lunch experience was all the
After lunch, we decided that getting a hand held pocket translator was of utmost importance, so the driver took us to the "electronics district". AKA-- flea market for all things that are plugged in!
Now, the most entertaining part of the day? Definitely the driving experience. I have never seen such a site! In Shenyang, the bumper ahead of yours is the one with the right of way. No light, sign, or arrow has any significance whatsoever. People run in front of moving vehicles, cars go the wrong way, in the wrong lane... and the horns. BOY do they LOVE their car horns! It's like music in the background of the city. We laughed so many times. Tom said he will NEVER EVER complain about meeting street traffic again! (A Charleston reference). In the US, streets would be littered with bodies if people drove like that!
|View from the van|
While we were navigating this huge city, we found a picture and letter in Colin's things. I asked the guide to translate it for us. Boy, what a blessing it was. It was a letter from Colin's "Uncle". The guide explained that this was the brother of his former foster parent. Apparently, he still had contact with them. We learned earlier today at Civil Affairs that the family that "found him and raised him" turned him over to the orphanage after the Father died and the Mother became "very sick" and could no longer care for him. I am unclear if she is still alive, but it would appear that he has kept some contact with the uncle. Anyway, the letter was a sweet one full of "fatherly advice" on how to be successful in America. I will get a written translation of it later, but in essence and to the best of my memory, he advises him with the following:
- Do not fight
- Do not take drugs
- Do not eat greasy foods: uhoh!(lol)
- Do not hang with anyone who treats their parents badly
- Do not put on a lot of weight eating badly as it will give you disease.
- Since you (Colin) are softhearted and always want to help others, try not to trust that everyone will always have your best interest at heart.
- Do not look at "lustful" pictures.
- Do not spend too much time on the computer playing games.
- Study Hard and work to overcome the language barrier.
- Always ask why. Make yourself understand.
- Basically, be a good boy and honor your parents and take good care of yourself! There was an email address also, so perhaps at some point we can communicate with him.
So now, while most of America is sound asleep, we are relaxing in the hotel room. The boys watched the cartoon movie Tarzan (voices in Chinese) and Tom rested a bit.
Tomorrow's plans? A visit to the orphanage. We are told that it will probably take about an hour to get there because the roads are all under construction and "not good". But, we are so happy to be able to go see where our son has been living these last few years. They are going to invite us to stay for lunch so that we can see "a real day in the life" of these children. We were warned by the guide that it would probably not be "to our taste", but it was what the children experience everyday. I expect that he is right, but if Colin can live it each day, we can endure it, whatever it might be, for one meal.
We will deliver the donations of clothing and diapers that were given for the children from our Charleston friends and we will take in as much as we can of his environment while we are there.
More to come....