Category Archives: Bringing Annie Home

Playing tourist

(#18 in the Annie series) So on this trip, in two-and-a-half weeks, we have experienced more forms of transportation than I have ridden on during any other fortnight in my life. By its end we will have traveled by: (big … Continue reading

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Annie goes swimming

(#17 in the Annie series) So in a previous life, at a high school pool in a galaxy far, far away, I had a several-summers-long career as a swimming instructor, lifeguard and synchronized swim team coach. I often tell people … Continue reading

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Back to Hong Kong

(#16 in the Annie series) At the Guangzhou train station, in the queue to go to the platform, we stand between two other sets of adoptive parents. (Wait, did I just make it sound as if I was a parent? … Continue reading

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Barrier-free passage

(#15 in the Annie series) To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. —G.K. Chesterton (a quote I carried in my travel journal throughout … Continue reading

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Hair wash

(#14 in the Annie series) So in China, besides going for a foot massage, which is more like a mostly clothed, all-over massage that leaves you like (pardon the cliché, but it’s so true here) a wet noodle, Nikki says … Continue reading

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Joyful Purple Dragon

(#13 in the Annie series) The day before we left Guangzhou Nikki asked Elsie, our translator, what Annie’s Chinese name means in English. It’s: Long Xin Zi We knew that Long is her last name, but Elsie told us that … Continue reading

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Tea lady

(#12 in the Annie series) Guangzhou was at the center of the massive tea trade that existed between China and Europe during the 19th century. —Wikipedia entry The thing about adoption in China is that you end up waiting. For … Continue reading

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Cinderella slipper

(#11 in the Annie series) What girl doesn’t like new clothes? Aunt Jan was hoping the opportunity would arise to stroll into a Chinese kids’ clothing store (or two) with Nikki and Annie and have them pick out some new … Continue reading

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Guangzhou walkabout

 (#10 in the Annie series) Wherever you go, go with all your heart. —Confucius (whose real name was Kong Qui) More than 30 embassies and consulates from all over the world have offices in Guangzhou, according to Wikipedia, many of … Continue reading

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Time is a southbound train

(#9 in the Annie series) Moving day. And not just a small move, a large one involving getting a kid and her wheelchair and all our belongings to a train station across the city and into a crowded station, negotiating … Continue reading

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