Just now at the dinner table, 3 of my Kenyan ‘orphans no more’ were whispering and laughing, saying, “Makena said, ‘1000 years BC!’ snicker, chuckle, snort…
I inquired as to what was so humorous. Then Beatrice told me her whispers out loud. “Makena said, ‘1000 years BC!’
“Do you know what BC means?” I pried.
Three dark, braided heads shook NO as they giggled. I said, “It means before Christ, and BCE means before the common era.’
They still laughed at Makena, and I felt a little offended that they would snicker at her because of THEIR lack of knowledge.
It’s one of the many things we deal with being a morphed family. I just thought I’d give you a glimpse of it as I walk through these issues each day.
I love my Kenyan kids, and I have them buried deep in my heart in a place that desires to protect them from all harm, but it’s not always easy to understand and deal with the lack of knowledge and the differences they have from our biological children. Still, we have grown together over the years as a beautiful, mixed family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.