Perhaps a brief explanation needs to be inserted for the reader. I had not been as positive as a Christian mother should have been about this adoption. The stories I had heard about foreign adoptions had filled my mind with doubt. My children had a 12-year-old son (also by adoption), and I felt they might be in for heartache with this move. My faith was lacking.
On this particular day, we had agreed to meet at a McDonald’s that had a playground where Anneke could play while her mother and I visited. We found a booth close to the area, and after we had finished our lunch, Anneke jumped from her seat, turned and patted me reassuringly on the knee and said in the clearest, most distinct English I had ever heard, “I’ll be right back, Gramma.”
With tears on the surface and a knot in my throat, I turned to my daughter, “Getting her may be the smartest thing you have ever done.”
“I knew you would think so, Mom.” She smiled.
Anneke is 16 now, and I still treasure this moment when I heard her speak so clearly and so sweetly as she promised to come right back. I also still believe this is one of the smartest things her parents have ever done. She is a treasure in our life.
Clella Camp is the author of Just Walking, a devotional for people who love to walk. Clella is a retired secondary English teacher who has been married almost sixty years to the same man. Their two children are in specialized Christian service. They also have four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Clella and her husband live in Illinois in the summer and Florida in the winter. She loves people (particularly teenagers; who knows why at her age), does some speaking (her friends say she is a natural for this ) walks and plays golf…she admits that she likes pretty clothes. She blogs at Clella's Corner.