April 6, 2010
I did not realize that yesterday, April 5, was the day I left Saigon to a new home in America 35 years ago. Today, April 6 was when I touched down on American soil to start a new life. Here I am observing my personal anniversaries in my homeland. It still amazes me!
I spent today very quietly. In the morning I stayed in to blog and let myself rest. It was a good idea to process everything such as the babies in the orphanage. I made Nhu cry when I placed her back in her silver crib. She liked being held. Then when I was trying to place Minh back in his crib, he did not want to let go of my left arm. He was attached to me for awhile. I know that 35 years ago I was in a similar crib. I was not picked up but only for my medical evaluations. There were so many of us that no one could come around to hold us. As an adult, I know that was the reason why I did not like hugging people when I was a child. I did not have that close experience as a baby in my first 6 months of my life. After I understood that, I become more available to hug others. During my visit to the orphanage I wanted to hold as many babies I could because I know how important it was for the baby.