Friday, July 30, 2010
When I took the photograph below, I didn't notice it. But later, when I had a moment, I saw it.
That crinkled-up nose.
That crinkled-up, sweet nose that makes her eyes disappear to squints, the crinkly nose that I first saw two years ago on a computer monitor. I first shared it here, in 2008. But I couldn't show you the whole picture back then, just the decapitated version.
Tuyết Phương, our Tess, smiling.
Adoption is funny like that. There is so so little, if you're lucky, and sometimes nothing to know about your child in the beginning. Your child. So when you have a tiny little something, like a crinkled-up nose from half way across the world, you hang on it. And study it. And remember it. And think about it way more than seems right.
Her little birthmark is still there too between her eyes. Looks like a little rash. I think it's funny that at both at 9 months and now at almost 3 years old, one eye is more open that the other in the smile. Kinda Popeye. See, I told you I think about it way too much!
I just LOVE that nose!
It doesn't get much better for me.
PS-Any Vietnamese readers out there? I thought there might be one? I'd be so thankful if you'd help me with your translation of Tuyết Phương. I keep getting different interpretations. Help please?