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That Chinese Baby. (Part Three)
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Friday, May 23, 2008

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Leila Rodowsky is all aglow: her new daughter has joined the family from China. She is, however, worried about how her parents may react to having a Chinese granddaughter and what they may do down the road to try to break up the family.

I can't believe it, but Mingmei Chu is finally with us.  She is even more beautiful than we can imagine!

This is Leila.  Leila Rodowsky.  I am sitting here, just staring at my tiny daughter as she eats her breakfast.  As you can imagine, both my husband and myself are estatic that she is finally here with us, here in America, her new home.

Not surprisingly, my mom and dad did not come with us to the airport to celebrate her arrival.  They are still acting all pigheaded and stubborn; they refuse to acknowledge Mingmei as their newest grandchild.  Our joy is tempered with sadness.

I am scared that my mother or father are going to do everything in their power to try to have Mingmei taken away with us; they have left threatening phone calls, have sent us nasty letters; we are beside ourselves with worry.

I don't know what we'd do if our daughter was to be taken away from us.  I don't think we could live with ourselves if that happened!

In the meantime, however, we will enjoy our child as long as she is here, not to worry so much about the unknown.  We are putting our faith, our trust in God, and are asking people to pray for us.  If there was any time we needed prayer, it would be now, because you never know what may happen in the near future.

Our daughter is still learning the language, learning to get used to us, as well as her new surroundings.  She's already established us as her new mommy and daddy, and she knows that she is loved. 

If we can convince my parents that she is our child, that she is their grandchild, then maybe we can get somewhere.  This racial tension, this prejudice they hold against Mingmei, has got to stop--and soon!

~To be continued.~




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Reviewed by Axilea MU 5/25/2008
I agree with Bernice. Many people who use race could in fact use any other word or concept to hide behind. I would call this hate and it is our duty to replace it with love.
A touching story.

Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 5/24/2008
Race is an illusion I've always said..if only people can comprehand that.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 5/23/2008
It is so sad that some people's narrow-mindedness can ruin the joy of others. Hopefully, her parents will see the light and accept the child into their lives.

Mary,the desertrat
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/23/2008
Karen how can anyone judge a baby the way this womans parents are, we all need to become Color blind? A Powerful write, well done...
God Bless
Reviewed by Bonnie May 5/23/2008
Oh Karen, I've got to find part I. This is so touching and wonderful, how did I miss these. Thank you so much for sharing this story and I will find where part I is right now. Thank you for emailing me. Love you and your work. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Cryssa C 5/23/2008
I find it so disheartening when I hear accounts such as this...and it is a very real account. It is sad that some people can't seem to get past nationalities...

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/23/2008
In 2008 racial tensions should be thinks of the past, and if it touches members of the family it is harder to comprehend when the motive of all is giving love.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/23/2008

They don't understand - all children need love. This family was willing to reach out and give it - that's all that should matter. A powerful story you pen this morning - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

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