About three weeks ago, I was backing my car out of the Marshall's Department Store parking lot when I spotted a pretty mommy walking towards me with her cute Asian baby girl in her arms. Since the mommy wasn't Asian and since I don't seem to possess the normal personal editing system that most people use to restrain their curiosity in moments like this, I rolled down the window, leaned out, grinned and asked the woman (hereafter referred to as Jeanine) the obvious question: "Did you adopt that little cutie?"
Jeanine smiled and gave her baby a proud squeeze and told me that she adopted Brynn from China last year. I told her we also adopted from China and our girls are now 3 years old (but not with me at the moment because they're in preschool and I'm about to go get them). Then I noticed that I was gesturing at the two juice-stained unoccupied Britanex Marathon car-seats behind me in the van as if they were proof that I wasn't making up the whole story. Jeanine asked if I was Donna and it turned out that we kinda already knew one another from email (we used the same agency) and the MSN China Adoption Forum.
Anyway, we exchanged pleasantries and little slips of paper with scribbled email addresses and promised to try to get together soon. After several weeks of hit and miss, we finally got our schedules to align and met today at Emma Prusch park to climb on tractors and poke some farm animals in the nose.
Thanks for letting your mommy come out and play, Brynn! And thanks for sharing your snacks with us! I hope we'll see you again soon!