The root canal went well- so glad that these two teeth have been dealt with and they won't cause her any more pain. We had a lighter day with school- I figured if she went to public school she'd have at least half or all of the day off. We got through 2 math assignments in the morning and after the procedure we worked on a 500 piece puzzle- she is so good at them! I love puzzles too, so it is a fun, low key thing to do together. (Sarah and Mom put it together- while Anna takes it apart!) At one point I noticed Sarah had drifted off in thought. She had a sad but peaceful look on her face. I wished I could peek inside her sweet little 9 yr old mind and see what she was thinking? Where was she at? I watched her for awhile then asked her what she was thinking about?
SARAH- "Oh nothing" and she slowly came back to me.
MOM- "Were you thinking about China?"
SARAH- "Yes, I was. I was thinking about my friends and the people in China."
MOM- "Do you miss China?"
We went back to work on the puzzle and then headed to the kitchen for a snack.
MOM- "Sarah, do you sometimes wish you were back in China?"
SARAH- "No, I like it here"
I have asked this question before and the answers vary. This time it was different. There was a quiet confidence in her voice and certainty in her answer. Sarah loves so much about China. She loves the food, the language, the music, the people. But now I think she is realizing that she can love everything about being Chinese and still live in America. It was a small little breakthrough moment.