Nineteen’s Not an Adult

Written by on 7 January, 2014 in Ukraine Adoptions with 0 Comments
Luida & Marsha

Luida and Marsha over Christmas holidays.

Luida and Antonio flew out of Detroit Metro on New Year’s Day; she and Antonio are sadly missed.

Italians generally don’t have dogs as pets, so the entire dog thing was totally new.  Antonio sang, “La, la, la, La-key.”  For three weeks.  Lucky and the other two dogs would run to gather round him; absolutely adorable.  Antonia would sit in the dog’s chair, and all four would watch television together.  (Yes, our dogs have a La-Z-Boy with their own step to get into it easy with a special blanket they can sit upon or crawl under.)

Antonio would stand downstairs and meow like a cat.  The dogs would go nuts.  Oscar would run so fast across the hard wood floor that he’d skid into the stairwell.  The three dogs would hang their head through the rungs in the stairwell like cows in a milking stall.  Barking like fools.  Antonia would come upstairs laughing like crazy.

“Scubby-da.  Scubby-da.”  If not found quickly on television, could bring tears.  Fortunately, the Scooby-Doo movie was on several times during his visit, and we did find a few other shows he seemed to enjoy.  Unfortunately, our internet connection is so poor that we can’t just get online to watch what we want, and Netflix doesn’t always work smoothly.

Luida cooked, cleaned, and pitched-in with my mother.  I’ve now had authentic Italian cooking, and I loved it.  It wasn’t what I expected, but I learned that the first time I sat in Mexico eating real Mexican food.  Americans have their own twist on ethnic foods.  I got a special hug every morning, and one night we sat up and talked until almost 4 a.m.  She should be one of us.  Nineteen is way too young to be left behind when your brother and sister are being adopted into another country.  You should be allowed entry and family status too.

Many disagree with allowing immigration into the US, especially when it comes to adoption.  They haven’t adopted personally, but they know someone who knows someone who did.  Or, they have opinions about celebrity adoptions.  My daughter was checking out groceries in a local grocery store when an angry customer told her, “You should go back to where you came from.”  Yes, she has a Russian accent.  He wasn’t angry at her, he was angry at the world.  Being part Native American, I can say that he probably has less ties to the US than I do, but believes he has more rights than others.

Where am I going with this?  There has to be reason to the rules, and there needs to be humanity.  We are only a special people if we treat those around us as special too.

“‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 19:33-34 NIV



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