The girls left China with questions - had they passed their birth parents in the street? - and, for Guastella, at least, some answers. Each girl saw her file. Cook's had no note from her birth parents, and Morse's had a simple notation of her birthdate. In Guastella's was a bright red paper, an auspicious color, and, in neat calligraphy, a message that, translated, read: "Because of a flood in our hometown, we cannot afford to raise her. If some kind-hearted person could find her and raise her, we would be forever grateful!"Click here for the full article.
Guastella, crying and clinging to her mother, focused on the exclamation point. "If I were to define myself as a piece of punctuation it would definitely be an exclamation point. It's part of my personality," she said. "It showed they really loved me, and it was hard for them to give me up."
She's saving money to return next summer.
"There's a part of me that's now filled in because I've gone back and seen my first home and seen the kids that I could have been," Guastella said. "Helping them was amazing."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
3 girls returning to Chinese orphanage as volunteers
Great story in the Boston Globe, The Point of Return, about three 16-year-olds from Wuhan SWI, returning there to volunteer. The article's last paragraphs: