A cool front has come in, so all the kids are back in their long sleeves and tights. And the hats. Always the hats. How do you like the pink tights? I'm so glad to have all of my nephew Sebastian's hand-me-downs, back home, hanging in Joseph's future closet. I think they are going to be the perfect size too!
John has gotten the fun job of playing with (and chasing!) Joseph, while I have the job of sitting on the bench, resting my feet---and taking photos.
While I sit and take photos, I am often an orphan-magnet. Yesterday I brought play-dough and you wouldn't believe what a crowd it drew!
I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed my time with these kids. The little girl in the pink hat has been coming over to say hi occasionally during our visits with Joseph. Yesterday she was so happy to see me, and crawled up on my lap and talked to me. Of course I have no idea what she was saying but I enjoyed every second! She did not want to be put down. Later she went to John but within a micro-second she realized she was afraid of him, and reached back out to me. We try to be sensitive, knowing that some of these kids do not have families coming for them. We try to save our affection for Joseph for when the other children are not around watching.
Speaking of which: Here is a fun game. Blowing raspberries on the neck. If you click on the above picture, you can see the sheer joy on this boy's face. He does not need words to tell his future daddy that he would like for him to do that again. Watch how he points to his neck as if to say, "Please do that again Daddy".
This is Joseph's Nanny. The kids are divided into groups of 7 or 8. There is one nanny for each group, of "groupa" sometimes two. This nanny means business and demands order and control, that is very clear. At the same time she obviously loves each of the kids very dearly. She would make a perfect grandma! John and I have talked about what kind of a job she has, maintaining control of so many special needs children all at once. On a couple of occasions she has looked very frazzled as she is trying to keep them all in a line on their way back to the building, for lunch, when everyone clearly preferred to stay outside and play! And then other times she is patting them on the backs, smiling at and praising them. We are so grateful to this woman for all she has done for Joseph and the other children here.
Yesterday she brought a puzzle over to show us how well Joseph can do it. We were amazed at how he seemed to understand each word she said, probably words like, "turn it around", and "move it up", etc. Without any help except for her verbal instructions, and an occasional point, he was able to put together this 6 piece wooden puzzle with his own little hands.