Saturday we were at an Ethiopian Christmas (Feast of the Epiphany) party. There must have been at least 60 ethiopians there spanning all generations from toddlers to grandparents. It was pretty cool and our kids had a ball.
Sunday morning, all Marin wanted to talk about was Ethiopia, her adoption, and how we found each other.
Marin: "Daddy, tell me the whole story, from the very beginning, about how you met me."
Me: "Well, we flew on the airplane.........
Marin: "No, before that. All the way from the first time you thought you wanted to adopt a kid."
Me: (tells the entire story a to z)
Marin: Tell me everything you know about my Africa Mom and Dad.
Me: (tells the entire story, which isn't much)
Marin: And when can I see them again.
Me: Sweetheart, you know what happened to your Africa Mom and Dad, right?
Me: Were you there and do you remember?
Marin: Yes (getting choked up)
Colleen: Marin, we will see them again in heaven. Just be patient. They are watching out for you from heaven and they will be excited to see you.
Marin: OK, Now tell me about my brothers.
Me: Marin, I don't know of any brothers. Do you remember any brothers?
Marin: No, but just checking, you know, in case you forgot to tell me. Tell me about my sister Genet.
Me: (tells all I know, again, not much)
Marin: But Genet is your daughter, too, right?
Me: No, Marin, we did not adopt Genet.
Marin: (tears welling up) What? Why, Daddy?
Me: (caught totally offguard) Well, Genet, is a teenager. She could take care of herself. You and Emmy were just little kids and you needed someone to take care of you.
Marin: (falls into my arms, full blown bawling her eyes out) But Daddy, how do we know Genet is OK? We need to find her. If we find her will you adopt her, too, so we can be all sisters again?
Anyway, now Colleen and I are discussing whether I should take a fact finding trip to Eth this year. Just to see if I can locate Genet, take some photos and video, and set the stage for a visit with Marin and Emmy. I think it's a bad idea to take the kids over there and conduct the search with them in tow. We need to know beforehand whether Genet is still alive and where she can be found.