A Special Gift
Colombia asks that adoptive parents send a special gift to be given to the child when he or she learns they are being adopted. We spent several weeks brainstorming with family and friends, asking for advice from our adoption agency, and searching the web. Two days ago we finally figured it out.
Knowing how much “Alejandro” likes Star Wars, we bought him a pair of action figures from the trilogy saga. We also played off of his interest in sports by making custom baseball-style cards with photos and interesting facts about each member of our family. And we even made one just for “Alejandro.” We sent these items along with a hand-written letter inviting him to be a part of our family. Admittedly, baseball and Star Wars is an interesting combination. I’m not sure Darth Vader ever played this American pastime (unless you count James Earl Jones, the voice of the Dark Lord, who portrayed a different role in “Field of Dreams”), but his skill with the lightsaber probably qualifies him at least for the minor leagues.
We’re now waiting for Colombia to officially match us with “Alejandro.” They say this could take as little as two weeks. Once approved, they’ll send us a package of documents that we’ll submit to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) so that “Alejandro” can be approved to be adopted and qualify for U.S. citizenship.