We had a special Skype call with Mini’s birth family tonight.
I was a little jittery, and stuffed my face with jelly beans for the minutes leading up to the call, mostly because I have an occasional allergy to small talk and hello? Pleeease, kids, be on your best behavior. But I dearly love these people and I think they know the real us. Yeah, I’m pretty convinced they do.
I love, love, love how happy they were to see both Mini and Max. The serious expression on Mini’s face in the third photo is a little misleading because she was quite joyful and social (especially when waving Bunny in front of the camera), but Max’s expression is spot on. They enjoy Max’s cut-up personality (no allergy to small talk for him) and we all laughed when Anna’s dad asked how school was going. Max answered, “goin’ goooood, my man.”
This was our first Skype call. Gathering 9 people and one dog around two laptops across the wires (wirelesses? I don’t even know) is challenging because we tried so hard not to talk over each other and the kids were so enthralled with seeing themselves on video. But it was really fun and meaningful. If I didn’t have the craziness of kids bopping around, I would’ve been choked up, but afterwards the weight of such a moment was present in my heart. We didn’t actually have a full conversation but I don’t think it mattered – I think it was just nice to “meet” Mini as a 3 year old now and get to know each other a little bit more.
She wanted to know their favorite colors. One by one, she asked them; it was very sweet. Also, while we were waiting for them to call, Mini drew a picture that she wanted to show on the screen. I’ll be sending it in the mail.
It was a neat – neat! – experience for us.