Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's A Boy

Eight years ago today a baby boy was born in a country far, far away. His tummy mommy knew she could not take care of him. She had eight other hungry mouths to feed. And she had already buried three babies. She didn't want to bury a fourth so she contacted a lawyer who helped her make an adoption plan for her baby. Back in New Jersey, a couple was waiting and hoping to adopt a baby. They had been waiting for over two years for the right baby to come into their lives. It seemed like that phone call would never come. One day though, the call did come. "We have a healthy baby boy who is looking for a forever family. He is 19 days old." Although this couple had kind of wanted a girl, they decided that this baby was meant for them. Soon they began what would be another long waiting period. Waiting now for the paperwork of two different governments to be approved. In October, to celebrate their fifth anniversary, the couple flew to Guatemala to meet this little baby boy. They played with him, cuddled him, learned what his little habits were, and fell in love with him. On December 9, 2002, they got the call that their adoption was final. Daniel Garcia Zalazar was now their son. A few days later, they flew again to Guatemala. But this time it was to bring their new son home.

It seems like it was only yesterday that this story took place. But it was eight years ago. That sweet little baby is now 8 years old.

Today I have been thinking a lot about that mother in Guatemala. I don't even know if she is still alive. She would be 50 years old now. That's pretty old for the poor in the mountains of Guatemala. But she's on my mind today. I wonder if she is thinking about the baby boy she gave away. If she is, I just want her to know that he is a happy healthy growing boy. He likes knights and rockets oh, and legos. He loves math and science, but he hates to read. He rides a two wheeler and he got a scooter for his birthday.

Thank you Marie Elizabeth for giving this beautiful baby boy to me. He is the greatest gift anyone could have given me.

Today my baby boy is eight years old.

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