Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm what? Birthday?

We've celebrated two birthdays in our house since Mariah came home. Wes turned 5 in February and I turned 26 in March.

Mariah had no idea what a birthday party was.

She is completely baffled when someone asks how old she is.

She knows what numbers are. She can count and understands how to get "that" many of something, but how old she is? No clue. Its sad.

She has never had a birthday party. Getting older in an orphanage is not a happy thing! It means a transfer out of the only place you've ever known, so why celebrate it? Plus with 120 kids in one building, it would be difficult to have a party when they can hardly afford to feed the kids soup 3 times a day.

We've tried to explain to her that she is 4 and her brothers are 5 and 2.

She just doesn't get it. I'll say, "How old are you Mariah?" "How many?" Why should she know? No one ever celebrated the other 4 years.

She will count her fingers. 2? It confuses her. Sweet little girl.

I am planning her birthday party already even if it is 5 months away because turning FIVE is something I want her to remember.

1 comment:

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

We hosted Alina Grace when she was 8 and she told me she was 10. Now that she is 9, she still said she was 10. 10 lasts a long time... She still says "In America Im 3rd grade and 9, in Ukraine... Im 10" Her birth certificate confirms she is 9, but for her, she didnt want to be the youngest because she'd have been bullied, and who was there to correct her? No one.
I hope Miss Mariah has a GREAT 5th birthday!!!

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson