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Ayayou. (Part One)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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A ten-year-old girl adopted from China shares her story.

Ni hao ma!

My name is Ayayou Xi Fong.  I live in San Francisco, California.  I have lived here for the past three years.  I was adopted three years ago, when I was seven.  I was born in China.  I live with my family, who call me their own.

At times it is still hard:  I think of my friends back at the orphanage back home in China, and how much I miss them; but then Mother-Here-In-America reminds me that I now have a much better life here.

I sure hope so!

I have two brothers and one sister.  All are younger than me.  I am now ten years old.  They were adopted, too.  All but one came from China.  The one who did not was my baby brother.  He was adopted from Russia.  He was adopted six months ago.  He is very noisy.  I love him, but he drives me crazy!

I go to school, where I take ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.  It is very difficult: so many rules, so many things to remember!  It was much easier when I spoke (or wrote) in Chinese!

I am a typical girl.  I like to write stories or poems (I usually write them in Chinese, but for school and ESL, I write them out in English, so I can practice my words or my spelling), read (I read books with pictures and few words; I someday hope to read harder books), watch television, help Mother and Father with the cooking, dance (ballet and Chinese dance), sing, go to church, where I learn about Jesus, and collect butterflies, as well as go to the mall with my friends.  My favorite places to go to are Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf.

Well, I have to help Mother and Father cook supper, so I will go.  I hope you liked reading about me.  I will write in here again soon.  Until then, this is Ayayou Xi Fong saying goodbye!


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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/19/2011
I believe Ayayou will go far, this is an excelelnt story, sometime youll have to come to Cali and Ill have to take you to Fishermans wharf China Town and Little Italy
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/19/2011
So many changes... resiliency is what will help her succeed.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/19/2011
My favorite places to go to are Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf.

Mine, too, whenever I visit old San Francisco, and very glad to hear you like your new life.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/19/2011
Truly a Touching and lovely write as I can relate in ways and was to adopted by my grandparents.Well done and words well told Karen great story indeed Laura
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/19/2011
I'm not even going to attempt pronouncing her name. :) Excellent story, Karen, Xie-Xie!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/19/2011
Nicely done story, Karen.

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