I'm sad about the circumstances that surround adoption. I'm sad for Travis for all the unanswered questions, including what day he was born. I'm sad for his first family that they felt they couldn't care for a deaf son. I'm also sad for them as I know they are wondering about him, especially around the time of his birth. I pray Travis will retain some memories of his first year. I'm sad that we aren't in China already.
Today, at the orphanage, Travis' birthday won't be celebrated. Not because he's in an orphanage, but because Chinese people don't celebrate a 3rd birthday. They celebrate only a few select milestone birthdays. Even then, it's not like our extravagant American celebrations and it's not even necessarily on their proper birth day. You can read more here about how Chinese do celebrate birthdays in China. This gives me peace, because I know he's not feeling like he's somehow "missing out" today. It's just another day to him and those around him and I like that.
Next year, we will celebrate Travis' 4th birthday on June 1 with our son (unless we learn something new about his birthday).
|One of my all-time favorites of EnEn|
On a side note, June 1 is also Children's Day internationally, so many people are celebrating the lives of kids today.