Yesterday, I posted about the grief we are processing as a family, the horrible loss Shanti is currently experiencing. This is real, and it is awful, but it’s not the whole story. Shanti is also the bravest person I know.
Shanti said yes to adoption, before she met us or knew who we were, when many many many of her friends said no.
Shanti again said yes to adoption in front of a judge, even though the thought of court was a horribly frightening prospect.
Shanti said yes to adoption, even though saying yes cost her some friendships among her orphanage siblings, several of whom were angry that she made the decision to leave.
Shanti said yes to adoption, even though it means leaving every person she has ever known and traveling to a foreign land with two people she barely knows (and can’t talk to).
Shanti said yes to adoption, even though it requires three plane flights to get home. She’s never been on a plane, but she’s told us she is afraid of them from day 1.
I know that, as her mother, I am biased, but I can’t imagine many 12 year old girls would have the courage to do what Shanti has done. She is brave, and she is an inspiration. I am so stinkin’ proud of this daughter of mine.