The reunion with Emily in Florida released in me some reservoir of held breath. The moment she rushed into the room her brightness shed light into a crevice of my heart that had remained dark since our parting. I had refused to say good-bye in January because my soppy heart could not recover that loss. Because she was in every moment of our adventure in Uganda as we welcomed Kira, and embraced the orphanage, we became inseparable partners. Her return felt the same way I feel when my oldest comes home from college and all of my children are together again. I don’t want to take her from her parents, it’s just a great relief that they are willing to share her with me. I don’t gush compliments often so believe me when I say my feeling is that all of humanity could use a dose of Emily’s brightness.
I apprehensively wondered if Kira would remember Emily. I didn’t want Em’s feelings to be dashed by rejection or no recognition. Em wasn’t sure either if Kira would receive her, and she was prepared to go back to the beginning of their relationship and build it again if necessary. We all teetered on a fine thread of a baby’s response hoping it would support all our emotional weight.
Kira and I were on the floor with her toys when Emily rushed through the door with exuberant hellos and hugs. Kira looked up and I saw in her eyes the recognition. She then crawled at high speed to Emily’s open arms. This was not a first hello. Kira remembered her. As I watched them reunite I also sensed from my little girl that there was something in her that sighed relief as well.
From that moment, Emily could not let her down, or get out of sight or Kira would scream with a rigid panic. We all marveled over how a baby could have such a memory. I could see joy in Kira’s body language as Emily played with her. I began to wonder about the separation from Emily in January and its effect on Kira. She must have silently grieved the loss of Em, and I would never have guessed how strongly it affected her. This is intriguing. The psychology education in me is formulating all sorts of research topics.
These two girls were inseparable for the short reunion of less than two days. I treasure knowing that as Kira grows into a young lady she has a bond with Emily. I couldn’t hand pick a better angel to look over the heart, mind and soul of my daughter. Thanks go directly to God who gave both Emily and Kira their own bubble to inhabit.