Things are starting to percolate in our ten-year-old's head since coming back a month ago from our trip to visit her birth country, China. It was such a whirlwind while we were there -- only a few days in each place we visited -- so most of the discussion we had while we were traveling was about climbing the Great Wall, holding the baby pandas, and seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors. But we knew that at some point, there would be a lot of emotions to deal with about visiting the country where she was born, spending time at the orphanage where she lived for the first 12 months of her life, and meeting one of the nannies who cared for her.
Things were still pretty much on an even keel when we spent some time talking with her classmates about the trip and showing many of the photos we took. (Needless to say, the ones with the pandas were the biggest hit!) PunditGirl was pretty stoic in talking about visiting the place where she was found before being taken to her orphanage. But we knew it was only a matter of time until other feelings about her story started to percolate to the surface.
Things are now percolating.