Well, this could be about Ava, but it’s not, really. It’s about one of my students. I teach 7th and 8th graders. In most classes, I talk about Ava all the time. I teach language arts (or English, as it used to be called), and I always use Ava in my examples for grammar study. I even hook my camera up to the TV and show my students pictures and videos. But there is one class, where I only work with a group of three students and I never really told them about Ava.
So, the other day we were in my classroom and this 7th grade girl, Rachel, saw Ava’s picture and said, “Your daughter is really cute.”
I thanked her and then she said, “She looks a lot like you.” What else could I do? I laughed and said, “Really? She’s Chinese.”
Rachel then said, “I thought she was adopted, but I didn’t want to be rude and ask, so I just said she looked like you, but she doesn’t really.”
I told her that was very sensitive of her not to probe too much, but that it was okay for her to ask me anything she wanted. I wish some adults had that much self control and thoughtfulness. People tend not to ask about Ava as much as they did when we first came back from China, but I’ve definitely experienced some comments that were less than thoughtful. No matter what you may think, 13 and 14 year olds are definitely some of the sweetest people I’ve known.
Speaking of sweet people, about a month or two ago, a woman wrote an email to a Yahoo group I joined saying that she had video footage of Ava’s orphanage from December 2004. Ava would have been two months old at the time. She mailed me a copy of the DVD and, sadly, I cannot tell if any of the babies in it are Ava. She (Ava) picked out one baby that was older than she would have been and said it was her. We did get to see a lot of the nannies and I told Ava those were the nannies who held her and fed her while she lived in China.
Tonight the same woman sent me three pictures of babies that she thought might have been Ava. Two of them were clearly not her, but this one. . .maybe. If this is Ava, she would have been about 6 months old. I guess we’ll never know. We don’t really have any pictures of her as an infant.
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On a lighter note, there is a picture of the new purse on Flickr. My criteria was: colorful; big enough for a pull-up, water bottle, mittens, and hat; a pocket for my cell phone; durable/washable material. It meets all of those. The brand is Kipling (they make a lot of travel bags with monkeys on them). It was also 50% off- BONUS!